His Majesty's Cup Football Championship: Dhofar, Al Arouba make early exits

Action from the HM’s Cup round-of-32 match between Al Bashayer and Muscat at the ROP Stadium on Sunday (Ahmed al Saidi/Muscat Daily)

Two of Oman’s leading clubs, Dhofar and Al Arouba, which shared a total of 12 HM’s Cup titles between them, suffered shock exits in the His Majesty's Cup Football Championship in the round of 32 matches that were held on Friday and Sunday.

Eight-time champions Dhofar crashed out on penalties 3-4 against two-time winner Saham at the Sohar Sports Complex on Sunday after both the teams were locked in a 1-1 stalemate at the end of regulation time. 

Earlier on Friday, Al Arouba, also met a similar fate as it also made a shock exit against first division side, Nizwa, at its home ground in Sur. A four-time champion, Al Arouba, was held to a 1-1 draw by unfancied Nizwa in front of its own fan and then lost 3-4 on penalties.

Another Omantel League side, Al Nahda, also bowed out at its home ground in Buraimi as it went down to four-time champions Al Nasr 1-3 on penalties after the two top-flight teams were involved in a 1-1 draw.

Other Omantel League sides to make exits included Al Salam, which lost to Sur 0-1 at Sohar Sports Complex on Friday, and Muscat, which lost 0-3 to Al Bashayer at the ROP Stadium on Saturday.

The teams that advanced to round of 16 on Friday were Al Rustaq, Samail, Al Shabab, Sohar and five-time winners Ahli-Sidab.

Also progressing into the next stage on Saturday were three-time champions Seeb, Bidiyah and Oman, which got the better of Mirbat on penalties 6-5 after the teams were locked in a 1-1 draw in Salalah.

Defending champion and current Omantel League leader Al Suwaiq faces Quriyat, a first division side, in a late game on Sunday.

Also, record nine-time champions Fanja face Omantel League debutant  Mudhaibi in a tricky clash in a late game along with Jalan, which meets Al Wusta.

Other round of 32 results: Friday: Al Rustaq 2 Al Ittefaq 1, Samail 1 Mussanah 0,  Al Shabab 2 Majees 0, Bausher 1 Ahli-Sidab 2, Sohar 3 Bahla 0.

Saturday: Seeb 2 Salalah 0, Bidiyah 3 Al Ittihad 1.

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