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DOHA: Playing a far more attractive brand of football, Al Jaish yesterday crushed Al Ahli 2-0 in their Qatar Stars League (QSL) clash at Grand Hamad Stadium.
An own goal by Abdul Aziz (76) gave Al Jaish the lead in the match followed by a deft strike by Andulqader Elyass (83) that sealed the deal for Pericles Chamusca’s side.
It was Al Ahli’s eighth successive loss in QSL this season. Coached by Bernard Simondi, Al Ahli are certain be relegated when the QSL action winds up next month.
For Al Jaish, it was their first win in three matches. Al Jaish drew against Al Sadd following a shock result against Umm Salal in their last two fixtures. Al Jaish are now in 4th spot with 29 points with four rounds to go in the QSL this season.
After the lucky goal in the 76th minute, Elyass provided a bit of finesse in a solo effort seven minutes from time. After dribbling past one defender, Elyass shot from the edge of Al Ahli box to score his side’s second goal in the match.
Meanwhile QSL outfit Al Wakra today will be desperately eyeing a win against bottom club Al Kharaitiyat when the two sides meet at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. Al Wakra, camping at 5th spot on the QSL points calendar, lost to Al Gharafa and Al Rayyan in their two previous matches before the 19-day break that began in late February.
Al Wakra, who won the 2012 Qatar Stars Cup title last week, are trailing Lekhwiya (35 points), Al Sadd (41), Al Rayyan (29) and Al Jaish (26) in the QSL title race.
In another clash today, Al Arabi - who lost on their AFC Champions League debut last week, take on Al Khor at Grand Hamad Stadium. Coached by Abdullah Saad, Al Arabi are in 9th spot in the QSL points race. Al Khor, who played a couple of friendlies during the 19-day break for QSL teams, are in 7th spot with 21 points. Al Khor will be looking to break a two-match losing streak after going down to Al Kharaitiyat and Lekhwiya in their last two fixtures. Al Arabi lost to Al Rayyan in their last QSL match. THE PENINSULA