Tripoli became the 25th club to win the Lebanese Cup.
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Tripoli pulled off one of the great upsets in Lebanese Cup final history Tuesday, defeating domestic giants Nejmeh 2-1 to claim their maiden honor in the 48th edition of the knockout competition.The mercurial Takaji was a consistent bright spot for Nejmeh, and another foray into the opposition half by the 28-year-old yielded a vital 68th minute save from Tripoli goalkeeper Abdo Tafeh.For all intents and purposes Nejmeh looked destined for heartache when second-half substitute Mahmoud Salbini's 84th minute header came crashing back off the post. Tuesday's reverse will pile more pressure on under-fire Nejmeh coach Theo Bucker, who oversaw an inauspicious season for the Beirut club, including a meek Lebanese Premier League title defense and a woeful AFC Cup appearance, in which they registered a solitary point from six group matches.
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