Qatar SC bring down high-flying Al Sailiya
10 Feb 2018 - 9:49
Doha: Qatar SC secured a superb 2-0 victory over high-flyers Al Sailiya at the Al Ahli Stadium in their QNB Stars League (QSL) played at the Al Ahli Stadium yesterday.
The game’s only goals came through Osama Omari in the 29th and 84th minutes.
The match started in quick fashion and Luis Jimenez of Qatar SC thought he had opened the scoring in spectacular fashion with a volley. However, the referee spotted an infringement in the run-up to the goal.
Not long after, it was Al Sailiya who should have scored, but Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov saw his header being brilliantly saved by opposition No.1 Jassim Al Hail.
In terms of league position, the game turned on its head in the next exchange as Omari got the game’s first goal. A brilliant whipped cross from the right by Abdul Hussain was tidily swept home from close range.
Just minutes later, and chasing an equaliser, Al Sailiya had captain Magdi Siddiq sent off for a second bookable offence. The Peregrines searched valiantly for a goal and, in the 78th, Abdukholiqov was again thwarted by Al Hail who remarkably tipped his shot onto the bar and away to safety.
With the home side running out of ideas, Qatar SC were able to catch them on the break and seal the victory late on. Ali Awad’s neat shot rebounded off the post into the feet of Omari, who rounded a defender and fired into an empty net.
Qatar SC, who now have 15 points, will be delighted with the victory, while Al Sailiya missed the opportunity to make ground.
Elsewhere, Umm Salal came from behind to secure a late 2-1 away win at Al Khor yesterday.
Soroush Hossein scored for Al Khor in the 14th minute, and Umm Salal replied through Adil Rhaili in the 54th and Maher Yousef (90+2).
Al Khor approached the game in great need of points and they were rewarded for their early endeavour when Soroush fired in extraordinary style. Having picked up the ball 40M out, he advanced forward before unleashing an unstoppable strike into the corner beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Baba Malick.
Moments later, Al Khor were close to doubling their lead as Ariel Thierry rose to meet a Madson cross, but was unable to find the target.
Things did get better for the home side when Tunisian attacking midfielder Oussama Darragi received two yellow cards in quick succession to receive his marching orders.
The Orange Fortress did not let the dismissal get to them and were quickly back on equal terms after the break. Rhaili was well placed at the back post to react to a corner and head home.
Into injury time, and with the game drawing to a close, Rami Shamalah paced down the left wing before cutting the ball back to substitute Maher, who curled home and secured full points.
Umm Salal moved to 24 points, while Al Khor stayed on 14.