(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Seeb set up a title clash with Saham for the inaugural OPL Cup after coming from a goal down to defeat Al Nasr 2-1 in the first semifinal at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC) on Tuesday.
Later in the evening at the same venue, Saham shocked strong contender and eight-time domestic league champion Fanja 1-0 in the second semifinal. The final will be played on November 14.
In the first semifinal, Seeb came back through match-shaping second-half goals from Osama Hadeed (62nd minute) and Khalid Hamdani (74th) after Al Nasr had gone up 1-0 via a Mohammed Asad penalty strike in the 35th minute.
Seeb could have taken the lead on the half hour mark, but the goal from its Portuguese player Edgar Marcelino was called off-side. Al Nasr dominated the first half, taking the lead through Asad's spot-kick after an Al Nasr throw-in brushed past Seeb player Hosni al Busaidi's hand inside the box.
Fortunes turned in the second half for Seeb after Marcelino was replaced by Hadeed in the 61st minute. Hadeed equalised for his team just a minute after coming onto the field, capitalising on a fumble from the Al Nasr defence to flick the ball into the net.
Seeb grew more aggressive, looking to take the upperhand as the second half progressed. One of its players was fouled in the 74th minute inside the opponent box and Hamdani made no mistake with the second penalty strike of the match, deceiving the Al Nasr goalie with a cheeky straight shot.
Al Nasr launched a surge in the closing minutes, but failed to get any shots on target.
Speaking to Muscat Daily after the match, Seeb coach Jeejo Peter said, ''We were thoroughly disappointed with Friday's game, in which we lost 0-1 to Suwaiq in the league. But that didn't stop us from training hard for this OPL Cup game. I am proud of this outcome. The turning point was when Hadeed came in for Marcelino in the second half and introduced more attacking play.''
In the second semifinal, Mohammed Ahmed scored the winner for Saham in the 23rd minute. Despite being the fancied side, Fanja failed to come back into the game.
Meanwhile, in the Omantel Professional League (OPL), the September 20 game between Sur and Majees, which was called off by referee Fahd al Subhi on the premise that the teams showed up wearing similar-coloured jerseys', has been rescheduled for November 12.<