Doha: Qatar’s Al Sadd gave German side Fuchse Berlin a tough fight before going down 20-26 in the semifinal of the IHF Super Globe at Al Duhail Hall on Wednesday. The winners led 11-9 at halftime.
Khaled Haj Youssef put in a stupendous show for Sadd and emerged the top-scorer of the match with eight goals, but it was not enough for Sadd to prevent their third consecutive defeat to the Berlin side.
Sadd played a quality game but Füchse were more fluid and tactically well-prepared in attack and stronger in defence at the other end of the court.
Sadd goalkeeper Rasheed Yussuf had some great saves, including some difficult situations such as fast breaks and six-metre shots, but despite their strong moments, Sadd proved second best to their European rivals.
Fuchse will take on Barca Lassa after the defending champions defeated Montpellier HB 37-30 in the first semifinal.
In the fiercely-contested match which saw both sides taking turns to control the game, Barca dominated the final minutes to secure their fourth Super Globe final berth in five appearances.
The final will be played on Friday.