Al Ittihad take trophy on penalties
Al Ittihad have been crowned the 2010 AFC Cup champions after beating Al Qadsia 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at
Neither team were then able to break the deadlock in extra time, meaning penalties were needed.
Al Qadsia attacked from the outset and although they had chances to score, it took until the 29th minute for them to take the lead when
Al Qadsia were reduced to ten men 15 minutes from time when
Al Ittihad coach Tita Valeriu hailed the battling spirit of his young players. "I'm happy to win this title. We achieved this after a lot of work and we put in a lot of effort," Valeriu said.
"We were without six first-team players and had to replace them with young players and I want to thank the players who put all their best in the game. I never thought of winning the title earlier because Al Qadsia are a big team and they were playing in front of a large number of fans. I want to thank the players as youth spirit won over the experience of Al Qadsia."
Al Qadsia coach Mohamad Ibrahim was unable to disguise his disappointment with the defeat, saying: "Unfortunately this is a big loss for Kuwaiti football as we were hoping that we could win the title. Al Ittihad won in the penalty shootout as the game was not meant to be for us and it was for them."