A day after Mohammed Youcef Belaili scored the goal that eliminated Qatar from the FIFA Arab Cup, his contract with his Qatari club was terminated.
Belaili netted the winner for his country in a 2-1 win against Qatar, the host nation, at the just concluded FIFA Arab Cup tournament, where The Fennecs went on to win the trophy.
The former Qatar SC winger converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute of stoppage time to send Algeria to the final of the FIFA Arab Cup at the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday.
Benlamri Djamel opened scoring for Algeria in the 60th minute of play.
In a dramatic end to the game, Mohammed Muntari scored the equaliser for Qatar in the seventh minute of injury time.
The match seemed to be heading for extra time before Algeria was awarded a penalty kick, when Yacine Brahimi was tripped by Abdulaziz Hatem and referee Szymon Marciniak eventually allowed 19 minutes of added time before ending the match.
The spot kick was converted after the initial effort was saved by Qatar’s goal-keeper Saad Alsheeb.
His winner sent Algeria to the final which they eventually won on Sunday against Tunisia.
The 29-year-old took to his instagram page to thank Qatar SC, saying: Thank you very much to Qatar SC for the moments spent by your side and a huge thank you to the fans and the management. Now I am a free agent.”
It brought to mind what happened to Ahn Jung-hwan of South Korea, whose golden goal eliminated Italy from the round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Jung-Hwan’s contract with Perugia, a then Serie A side, was terminated for having scored the winner that sent the Italian out of the World Cup.
Belaili, in 25 appearances for Qatar SC, he scored 17 times.