QSL Cup: Al Kharaitiyat, Al Duhail share points in eight-goal thriller
09 Nov 2017 - 0:00
Al Khor and Al Gharafa registered identical 2-1 wins over Al Sailiya 2-1 and Qatar SC respectively while Al Kharaitiyat and Al Duhail produced an eight-goal thriller in the Group A matches of the QSL Cup yesterday.
At the Al Gharafa Stadium the round three action kicked off at a fast pace and it was Al Sailiyah who opened the scoring through Sayyaf Al Korbi in the 9th minute. However, despite conceding an early goal, Al Khor produced their equalizer when Ali Abdulkareem found the back of the net in the 22nd minute.
Three minutes later, Abdulkareem doubled Al Khor’s score when he scored his second in the 25th minute as Al Khor camp celebrated the goal with their trademark bow to the fans. Both teams walked off the Al Gharafa Stadium pitch with Al Khor enjoying a 2-1 lead.
Despite feisty attacks in the latter part of the second half, Al Sailiya failed to get the equalizer as Al Khor picked up three crucial points to close the match at 2-1. It was Al Sailiyah’s first win in three matches, having won one and getting a draw in the other clash.
At Al Shamal Stadium, it was former Rangers player Madjid Bougherra taking the reigns from regular coach Djamel Belmadi, Al Duhail saw Al Kharaitiyat open the scoring through Tiberkanine Rachid in just the 6th minute of the clash at Al Shamal Stadium.
Rachid, stationed inside the Al Duhail box, cleverly headed home on a long-range ball from Sanjar Tursunov who fired in a curling cross.
Al Duhail, in the 10th minute, produced the equaliser in the 10th minute when Nasser Al Khalfan found the back of the Al Kharaitiyat net. Poor marking by Ahmed Eissa allowed Khalfan to charge into the Al Kharaitiyat net and slip the ball past goalkeeper for his side’s first goal.
Some 15 minutes later, Anwar Deya gave Al Kharatiyat the lead in the 25th minute. Deya produced a curling free kick that smashed into the net in spectacular fashion.
A few minutes later, Rabeh Yahia powered Al Duhail to their second goal of the match in the 38th minute when he converted an easy ball into the net off a corner kick. Yahia scored another in the 59th minute as Al Duhail went into lead at 3-2.
Minutes later Mohammed Moosa scored Al Duhail’s 4th goal (70th) but Abdulla Al Kuwari (72) tapped an easy ball into the net as Al Kharaitiyat reduced the deficit at 4-3. Two minutes later A Amin scored Al Kharaitiyat’s 4th goal (74).
At Al Wakrah Stadium, the fast-paced game was a thrill for most of the fans in the first 20 minutes or so. However, the scene turned sour for Qatar SC fans when Bruno Gallo ended up scoring an ‘own goal’ on a long ball from the flank in the 25th minute.
In an effort to stop the ball reaching Al Gharafa’s Amro Abdulfattah, Gallo raised his leg high to stop the ball but the momentum took the deflection into his own net from close range.
Ali Jassimi of Qatar SC, however, lifted the gloom in his camp after the own goal when he scored in the 36th minute at Al Wakrah Stadium. After receiving a ball from the flank, Jassimi fired one home from the edge of the Al Gharafa box.
Three minutes from the first-half whistle, Othman Alawi of Al Gharafa charged into the Qatar SC box but his bullet of a shot from close range narrowly missed its target. Six minutes from the final whistle, Mohammad Ismail (84) gave Al Gharafa the lead over Qatar SC.
It was Al Gharafa’s third successive win in the tournament.