Al Qadsia claimed the AFC Cup for the first time in their third appearance in the final in five years with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Iraq’s Arbil in Dubai on Saturday.
Swiss striker Danijel Subotic clinched the title for the Kuwaiti club with the winning spot-kick to keep the trophy in the Gulf state just 12 months after they lost losing in the final to compatriots Kuwait SC.
Al Qadsia were crowned champions after the final ended scoreless following 120 minutes and goalkeeper Nawaf Al Khaldi set up Subotic to win the title for Al Qadsia, saving Ali Faez Atiyah’s effort in the penultimate round.
On the balance of play over the 120 minutes, Al Qadsia were deserved winners having dominated for much of the game without being able to find a way to register on the scoreboard.
“I think this is a very, very big result, I’m very happy for my players, the managers of the club, the group and all the Qadsia fans,” said coach Antonio Puche.
“The game was a difficult game and Arbil are a fantastic team. They had a fantastic defence, they were very well organised.
“Sometimes in the second half it was difficult for us. After that we improved and we had three or four chances to score that were clear, and in extra time also. But to win the game is the most important for me.”