19 May 2017 - 8:00
Tabata behind Al Rayyan's success story
Al Rayyan made it to the final with a 3-1 win over Lekhwiya in the semi-final following an outstanding double by Qatar international Rodrigo Tabata.
In a feisty contest, Tabata found the net twice (81 and 90 +1) after Musaab Kheder opened the scoring for the former champions in the 65th minute.
Tabata was declared Man of the Match for his impressive run of form.
For Lekhwiya, the Qatar Stars League (QSL) champions, the only goal was scored by Youseff Msekni in the 78th minute at the Al Sadd Stadium.
Tabata curled in a well-taken direct free-kick for his opening goal.
For his second strike, Tabata received a pass from team-mate inside the Lekhwiya box before he calmly slotted the ball past Lekhwiya goalkeeper Qassim Burhan.
Lekhwiya’s Moroccan striker Msekni also scored from close range, deflecting a low ball past Al Rayyan goalkeeper Omer Barry.
Al Rayyan’s Al Khodor also showed sharp presence of mind when he slotted the ball past Burhan for his team’s opening goal in the 65th minute.