Al Ahli, Umm Salal register victories

 24 Oct 2015 - 0:00

Al Ahli, Umm Salal register victories
Al Ahli’s Pejman Mohammadreza in action during a Qatar Stars League (QSL) match against Qatar SC at Al Sadd Stadium yesterday. Al Ahli won 3-0.          Pics: Baher Amin
Al Sadd’s Abdulkareem Hassan (right) gives chase as Lassina Diaby of Al Khor charges ahead with the ball during their round six clash of the Qatar Stars League at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha yesterday. 

QSL: Al Ahli thrash Qatar SC 3-0 as Umm Salal sail past Al Sailiya 2-1; Al Khor hold Al Sadd  

Earlier, a stubborn Al Khor side held football giants and hosts Al Sadd to a goal-less draw at Al Sadd Stadium.
Al Khor produced a fine show in defense to contain the attacking Al Sadd throughout the match and walked away with one point.
In the last match of Round 6, Al Rayyan will meet Al Arabi today.   
Leaders, Al Rayyan will be looking for a sixth straight victory when take on Al Arabi. 
The Lions remain unbeaten this season and coach Jorge Fossati team will able to cement a place at the top with if they win against Al Arabi.
Al Rayyan has taken the QSL by storm since gaining promotion from the Qatar Gas League. 
Fossati’s boys defeated Al Khor 4-2 in  their last match but the clash against Al Arabi will not an easy ride in the park.  And coach Fossati is well aware of it and the importance of the derby tie.
“Of course, I don’t need to speak about the game. A derby is a special moment for both teams. Both teams are strong. My point of view is that Arabi has a very good team. They have good organisation. I trust that Rayyan have the same. For sure we will have a very tough game. I hope that it will be a big party for Qatari football and of course we hope to take the victory,” said Fossati while talking to reporters.
The Uruguayan said he is treating all the matches equally.
 “My point of view is to play all the games as the most important game of the season. In the last five games I have said the same thing. And now I say the same thing again. In football, week after week, game after game, you are being tested, especially the coach. I trust my players 100 per cent.”
He said the motivation level fo players ahead of a derby is always high. “When you are in a big club as Rayyan you are always under pressure. The pressure of the result is always there. But we try to work outside the pressure of the atmosphere. We try to work closely with the players, thinking about the next opponent and trying to read their strategies. This week could be different for the fans but for us, in our preparation, nothing changes. Me and Zola (Al Arabi coach) think the same. We can be relaxed about the motivation of the players. Sometimes you are worried that players don’t have enough motivation. But when you have a derby, the players have the motivation everywhere around them - in the streets, in their family, in the newspapers.”

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