Baniyas passed to the semi-finals of the Arabian Gulf Cup after beating Al Ain 0-1 in the match that brought the two teams in the Tahnoon Bin Mohammed Stadium in Al Ain for the quarter-finals of the tournament. Baniyas victory came by Habboush Saleh’s great goal.
.Al-Samawi entered the meeting with a selection of Mohammed Khalaf, Yousuf Jaber, Robson, Khalid Al Hashimi, Hassan Al Mahrami, Fawaz Awanah, Haboush Saleh, Suhail Al Noubi, Mohammed Al Menhali, Ali Awanah, Leroy George and Pedro Condi.
The start of the meeting saw the superiority of the home team where they managed to create several serious opportunities in the beginning of the game saw the brilliance of the Al Samawi goalkeeper Mohammed Khalaf and the presence of a great mind of the defensive line.
The draw continued until the end of the first half, and in the second half, after a European-style attack, Baniyas managed to score after a series of passes to score the first goal by Haboush Saleh in the 68th minute, announcing Baniyas progress.
For his part, Al Ain tried to return to meet and draw the equalizer but the defenders of Baniyas was watching until the end of the game, Baniyas got the victory with a goal for nothing to play against Al Wahda in the semi-finals of the tournament in a major derby between the two parties.
For his part, coach Jurcic expressed his happiness with this win, explaining that the team planned to win and qualify for the semi-finals and had it. He also congratulated the players for delivering a strong game and fighting spirit for 90 minutes and thanking them for their manly performance and victory.
He added that he was satisfied with the first round of the season in general, stressing that he is always discussing with the management about strengthening the ranks of the team and provide more strong levels in the next stage.