Sunday, January 15, 2012

PSG and Juventus into the final

Paris Saint-Germain (France) will face Juventus (Italy) in the final of the inaugural edition of Al Kass U17 International Cup after both teams recorded emphatic wins in the semi-finals on Sunday.

The Parisians crushed Kashima Antlers (Japan) 5-1 with Moussa Dembele netting a hat-trick, while Juventus defeated Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) 4-1.

Details coming soon …

Al Kass U-17 International Cup – Semifinals Preview

Exciting day of football is expected in Aspire Zone today as we reach the semifinal stage of Al Kass U-17 International Cup.

Four teams will battle for the honor of playing the final of the tournament’s inaugural edition on Tuesday, and after we watched some impressing performances and top class football from those young lads in the group stage, be ready for more thrilling action today.

In the first semifinal at 04:00 pm, Paris Saint-Germain (France) will take on Kashima Antlers (Japan), and that will be followed by a classic European clash at 18.15 between Juventus (Italy) and Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Entrance is free so do not miss the chance of watching football’s future stars. In a couple of years those players will be breaking into the first teams and some of them will surely play in top competitions like FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League.

PSG (France) – Kashima Antlers (Japan)

16:00 Doha time – Aspire Zone – P4

Both teams have plenty of talent in their ranks, they played very good football and topped their groups in the first round, so the match is worthy of a final.

PSG started with a 9-0 hammering of Egyptian club Al Ahly with Adrian Rabiot grabbing a hat-trick and Herving Ongenda netting a brace.

In their second match, the team showed a lot of nerve as they came back from behind to draw with Spanish giants Barcelona to book the semi-final spot.

The team will get a lot of local support, as last summer Qatar Sports Investment acquired the majority of the club shares and announced its plans to make it a major European force. And with the level shown by the players in this tournament, the future of the Parisian club looks bright.

Their opponents Kashima Antlers is one of the best clubs in Asia, and some of the top Japanese players in the last two decades started their professional career with the club, striker Atsushi Yanagisawa who went on to play for cubs like Sampdoria and Messina in Italy. Other famous players who started their professional career with the club are Mitsuo Ogasawara, Atsuto Uchida and Koji Nakata.

The young Antlers started made a perfect start to the tournament with a 3-1 win over Juventus of Italy, and followed that by another 3-1 victory, this time over Al Jazirah of UAE, before securing top spot in the group with a 1-1 draw with Aspire Qatar.

They are an organized in defense and attack, have a talented goalkeeper, are very good in the air and hold an attacking power that will surely strike fear in the French defense, with talented players like Takahiro Honda, Sho Abe, Masaki Takada and Ren Otake.

Expect a cracking encounter.

Juventus (Italy) – Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands)

16:15 Doha time – Aspire Zone – P4

A Classic encounter between two European giants, that will surely have some of the quality that we see when their senior teams meet.

The Italians were lucky to get through to this stage after they kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 against Kashima Antlers, before earning a hard-fought victory over Aspire Qatar with a late goal from their star man Federico Mattiello, who also led the team to a 3-2 win over Al Jazirah in the final group match to qualify to the semis.

Mattiello will not be the only player to watch, as talent is abundant in the ranks of the Old lady, in both defense and attack.

Ajax Amsterdam made to the semis only on goal difference from Vasco Da Gama after their match ended in a 1-1 and the Dutch side defeated the third team in the group, Aspire International 4-0, while the Brazilians were only 4-1 winners.

Keep an eye on Branco Van Den Boomen, the midfielder who played an influential role in their 4-0 win over Aspire International, in addition to the strike power of Sheraldo Becker and Quinsley Wensley who grabbed a hat-trick in that win.

The Dutch Club’s youth academy was always considered one of the best football academies in the globe, producing some of world’s best players in the past six decades like Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten, Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf and Denis Bergkamp. Now, with more and more top quality football academies emerging all over the world, leaving Doha with the trophy will surely be a great achievement for “Jong Ajax”.

QSL - Week 12 - Match Summaries

Lekhwiya (1) Al Wakrah (2)

Said Boutahar netted a brace as Al Wakrah handed league leaders Lekhwiya their second defeat of the season.

The 29-years-old Dutch midfielder did well to control Khaled Moftah’s long ball with a delicate touch that took him past the advancing goalkeeper before slotting the ball home to give the “blue waves” a 15th minute lead.

Mohamed Razak equalized for the home team in the 68th with a powerful header after a measured cross from South Korean new signing Nam Tae-Hee.

Ten minutes from time, a deadly mistake by Lekhwiya defense gave the visitors a chance to claim the three points and they made no mistake as Boutahar finished off a beautiful throw pass from Nashaat Akram.

Lekhwiya can now lose top spot on Monday, if second placed Al Sadd defeated Al Arabi in a postponed match from week 5.

Qatar SC (0) Al Gharrafa (2)

Struggling Al Gharrafa defeated Qatar SC 2-0 to claim their first away win of the season and keep alive their hopes of getting back in the title race.

Brazilian Ze Roberto gave the visitors the lead in the 61st minute with a beautifully curled shot from inside the area after the home team’s defense failed to properly clear a corner.

Veteran defender Osman El Assas, making his first start since late November, sealed the victory for “the Leopards” in the final minute when he cut in from the left hand side before sending a low strike past the keeper.