Future Falcons go out of Al Abtal Cup semi-finals after losing to Slavia Prague by three goals to nil

The Future Falcons lost to Slavia Prague by three goals and went out of the Al Abtal Cup at the semi-final stage.

Slavia Prague came out on the front foot and pushed up with a high line, attempting to press the Future Falcons who were trying to to break the press through incisive counter-attacks and long balls over the top in the opening part of the match. In the 16th minute, the Czech side opened the scoring through Jakub Plan, who capitalised on a cross from the right side. The Future Falcons almost equalised just two minutes later when Yazan Madani cut in from the left side and sent in a dangerous cross that Gabriel Holub nearly headed into his own net.

The Future Falcons tried to gain more of a foothold in the match and they pushed on searching for an equaliser. In their search for scoreboard parity, Ziyad Alghamdi, Hussein Alraqwani and Hamad Alkhorayef all went close to finding the back of the net. However, Slavia’s attacking threat continued, and Denis Zamazal’s 40th minute cross from the right side found Daniel Kohout, who shot wide of the goal. Following goalmouth action at both ends, the first half came to a finish with the scoreline 1-0 to Slavia Prague.

The Future Falcons started the second half promisingly, with Hamad Alkhorayef almost capitalising on Ziyad Alghamdi’s pass, but his shot was blocked by the defence. In the 67th minute, Slavia Prague added to their lead with a second goal resulting from a header from substitute Samuel Bikolon that beat goalkeeper Falah Alshammri. The Future Falcons then came close to reducing the deficit with a Hamad Alkhorayef header that went agonisingly wide.

In injury time, Jan Lacko put the cherry on the cake for the Czech team with a third goal that saw them progress to the final of Al Abtal Cup. Unfortunately, The Future Falcons go out of the tournament at the semi-final stage despite a great run this season.