Tabata shines in first round of new QSL season
21 Sep 2016 - 0:00
Doha: The first week of Qatar Stars League action saw 24 goals in total, with four attackers taking the limelight with significant contributions to their sides in the opening round of the season.
Leading the way was Al Rayyan’s talismanic captain Rodrido Tabata.
The Qatari international bagged the first hat trick of the season against newly promoted Al Shahania. Tabata shared the Mansor Muftah award for the league’s top scorer last term, and started the defense of his award in the best possible style.
Tabata’s all action style was too much at times for Al Shahania, particularly in the second half when the Oryxes began to tire. Al Rayyan’s number ten took full advantage with his final long range effort a perfect example of his shooting capabilities.
Al Ahli’s veteran midfielder Meshal Abdulla rolled back the years in round 1 with a match winning performance against Al Gharafa.
Two goals and assist from the Qatar international gave his side a vital 4-2 victory over Al Gharafa side who had been highly rated going into the new season. The 32 year old was at the heart of everything good by Ahli in the final third, and this was characterised by his two late runs into the box resulting in two goals from almost identical Firmin Mubele crosses. Meshal also turned provider setting up team mate Mojtaba Jabbari to cap off a fine individual performance.
Al Sadd attacker Bagdad Bounjah grabbed the headlines with a brace in his sides 4-0 victory over Al Kharitiyat on Friday evening. The Algerian attacker led the line superbly for the Wolves and the opening goal, taking down a chipped cross from Xavi, beating the defender and calmly stroking the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
The young attacker is set for a big year with the Wolves and if he keeps his form could have a chance of lifting the Mansor Muftah award come the end of the season. Lekhwiya’s summer signing Yusef El Arabi also looked dangerous in his sides 4-0 hammering of newly promoted Muaither. The Morrocan hit man just took nine minutes to open his sides scoring, latching onto a Nam Tae Hee pass before rifling the ball into the back of the net.
It was the second goal in as many games for the former Granada attacker who scored in his competitive debut against Al Rayyan in the Sheikh Jassim Cup.