Al Ahli stun Al Rayyan as Al Sadd claim big victory

 07 Dec 2017 - 21:13

Al Ahli stun Al Rayyan as Al Sadd claim big victory
Al Sailiya players celebrate a goal against Al Duhail during their QSL match at Al Ahli Stadium yesterday.

By Rizwan Rehmat / The Peninsula

In a spirited performance, Al Ahli yesterday shocked title hopefuls Al Rayyan 2-0 while Al Sailiya held point leaders Al Duhail to a 1-1 draw in blockbuster QNB Stars League action.

In the third match of the day, Doha giants Al Sadd moved closer to Al Duhail with a clinical 4-0 win over Al Kharaitiyat at Al Khor Stadium.

Two first-half goals by Mohamed Muntari (19) and Ali Ghaderi (39) sealed Al Ahli’s resounding win over Al Rayyan who failed to score despite a number of opportunities created by the strike-force.

Earlier in the day, points leaders Al Duhail battled with just 10 men for most of the game and still managed to scrape through with a creditable 1-1 draw against a gritty Al Sailiya side.

Coached by Djamel Belmadi, Al Duhail opened the scoring through Youssef El Arabi in the 50th minute via a penalty.

Al Sailiya, coached by Sami Trabelsi, managed their equaliser three minutes later through Wagner Rebeiro.

Al Duhail were reduced to 10 men at the half-hour mark. Goalkeeper Khalifa Ndiaye was shown the red card for handling the ball outside the box with Al Sailiya’s Valentin Lazar set to latch on to a loose ball. Despite being down to 10 men, Al Duhail scored through El Arabi in the 50th minute. Soon afterwards, Al Sailiya scored the equaliser through Rebeiro.

Also yesterday, Al Sadd completed a commanding 4-0 win over Al Kharaitiyat at Al Khor Stadium. It was Al Sadd’s 9th win of the 2017-18 season.

Al Sadd opened the scoring in the first half after a strike by Pedro Miguel (40). Hassan Al Haydos (52, penalty and 81) and Hamroun Jugurtha (77) added to Al Sadd’s delightful performance.In the 40th minute,  Al Sadd put one into the Al Kharaitiyat net. Xavi curled in a spectacular free-kick and Miguel headed home with a near-perfect snap-header, jumping higher than his marker Abraman Abdallah to meet the ball.

In the 52nd minute, Al Sadd jumped to a 2-0 lead when star striker Al Haydos scored off a penalty kick resulting from an accidental handball infringement inside the Al Kharaitiyat box by defender Soud Nasser on a back-pedal shot by Al Sadd’s Musab Kedar.

Jugurtha scored Al Sadd’s third goal with a powerful strike into the top of Al Kharaitiyat net in the 77th minute. A similar shot by Al Haydos made it 4-0 for Al Sadd in the 81st minute.