Al Sadd progressed to round two of the Club World Cup, but Hienghene Sport's gutsy display was worthy of the highest praise.
Xavi won the Club World Cup twice as a player but will be involved as a manager on Wednesday when his Al Sadd team play Hienghene Sport.
UEFA Champions League holders Liverpool are favourites to win the Club World Cup and claim an intercontinental trophy for the first time.
After a sensational 2018-19 was capped off by winning the Asian Cup, Qatar's Akram Afif has been named the AFC Player of the Year.
Al Sadd trailed 5-1 on aggregate at one point but pulled it back to 6-5 and could have nicked a win in the AFC Champions League semi-final.
Al-Hilal sealed a comprehensive 4-1 win against Al Sadd on Tuesday to virtually guarantee their place in the AFC Champions League final.
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Baghdad Bounedjah scored an 83rd-minute penalty as Al Sadd beat Al-Nassr 3-1 in Monday's second leg to advance 4-3 on aggregate.
Xavi's Al Sadd took the lead in Monday's AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg, but Al-Nassr came from behind to win 2-1.
Al Sadd saw off Al Duhail in the AFC Champions League last 16, while Al-Hilal survived against Al-Ahli.