Thunders keep hopes alive with vital win
10 Apr 2016 - 3:36
DOHa: Al Kharaitiyat grabbed a vital 3-0 win against ten-man Al Wakrah in the battle for survival in the Qatar Stars League (QSL).
Three goals in 14 minutes secured a massive three points for the Thunders, who remain 12th in the QSL table and a point clear of Qatar Sports Club.
With the Kings beating Al Gharafa 3-1 in the another QSL game last evening, Thunders could ill-afford anything but victory at Al Khor Stadium. And they got it thanks to a devastating second-half spell that included a brace from Jordanian midfielder Hassan Abdel Fattah and one from substitute Abdurabb Al Yazeedi.
The victory is only the second win for the Thunders this year, but it sets them up for a final-day survival push against Umm Salal. So long as Kharaitiyat equal QSC’s result, they will remain in the QSL for another year.
Wakrah, on the other hand, could still have a say in the relegation battle.
After a low-quality first half, the game turned after Ruben Amorim was sent off for Wakrah. Just 14 minutes later, Kharaitiyat capitalised on their numerical advantage by taking the lead through Fattah.
Just seven minutes later and Fattah grabbed his second thanks to a stunning solo effort.
Al Yazeedi rounded off the victory in the 78th minute with a lovely curling shot into the top corner from 15 yards.
A win for the Thunders will confirm survival - though a draw, or even a defeat, could be enough to keep Kharaitiyat up depending on Qatar Sports Club’s result against Wakrah.
At Al Ahli Stadium, Qatar Sports Club’s chances of QSL survival where handed a major boost when the Kings defeated high-flying Al Gharafa 3-1.
Qatar SC had a dream start to this must-win match as they registered in the opening seconds of the tie. Ali Awad scored in the 12th second, with one of the fastest goals in QSL history.
Carando doubled the lead for the Kings in the thirty third minute. Khalid Mahmoudi made a diagonal run into the Gharafa box piercing through the defense and then passed to Carando, who was left unmarked.
At the second time of asking winter signing Carando slotted past Gharafa keeper Abdulaziz Ali to give the Kings a vital two goal cushion.
Al Gharafa found their way back into the tie moments later. Mohammed Razaq took advantage of a horrendous goalkeeping mistake, to score the goal.
In a nervy second half Ali Said kept his cool and put the game to bed for Sebastao Lazaroni’s side in the 87th minute.
The twenty-two-year-old scored the winner to bring the final score to 3-1 in favor of the Kings putting the three points beyond the reach of Al Gharafa.
The victory means that Qatar SC are in the relegation zone by one point. The Kings will have to hope Kharaitiyat drop points in the final game of the season in their tie against Umm Salal, whilst the Kings will have to better the result against Al Wakrah, if they are to stay in the QSL for another season.The Peninsula