Qatari Clasico: Al Sadd rally to hold Al Rayyan

 11 Apr 2016 - 0:22

Qatari Clasico: Al Sadd rally to hold Al Rayyan
Action from the Qatar Stars League (QSL) match between Al Ahli and Lekhwiya. Al Ahli won 5-4. Bottom: Action from the QSL match between El Jaish and Umm Salal yesterday. El Jaish won 2-1. 


DOHA: Two goals within a span of two minutes helped Al Sadd to rally from behind to hold already-crowned Qatar Stars League (QSL) Champions to a thrilling two-all draw  in the Round 25 match.
Al Rayyan were leading 2-0 till the 71st minute in the Qatari Clasico but Al Sadd made a late recovery to share points.
Al Sadd pulled one back through Hassan Al Haydous in the 89th minute and Kasola scored the equaliser a minute later.
Earlier, Al Rayyan took the lead thanks to two goals from Garcia in the  55th and 71st  minute.
In the other matches yesterday, Al Ahli rallied back to defeat former QSL champions Lekhwiya in a nine-goal thriller, while El Jaish edged Umm Salal 2-1.
At Al Ahli Stadium, Mouhssine Iajour’s superb hat-trick helped Al Ahli stun Lekhwiya 5-4 in a high-scoring thriller.
Lekhwiya unexpectedly dropped points due to breath-taking counterattack by lajour who scored twice in the last 10 minutes. 
Lekhwiya also suffered because of a goalkeeping gaffe late in the round 25 clash of the Qatar Stars League (QSL). 
Nam Tae-hee (5), Ahmed Al Saad (42) and Mohammed Muntari’s double (30 and 73) powered the former champions but Al Ahli fought back after being 4-2 down at one stage. 
For Al Ahli, the five goals were scored by Iajour (14, 81 and 92), Ndombe Mubele (63) and Mohammed Al Yazeedi (86). Lekhwiya opened the scoring through striker Tae-hee who powered home a bullet off a shot from inside the Al Ahli box. 
Clumsy defending by Al Ahli’s Fred Dabanka allowed Hee deflect home an easy volley for his team’s first goal in the 9th minute. 
Al Ahli’s Iajour produced the equaliser in the 14th minute. 
Captain Mashael Abdulla tapped a low pass to Iajour who slipped the ball past goalkeeper Lecoumet Kloud Amin for the home team’s first goal. 
Despite Al Ahli’s equaliser, Lekhwiya mounted greater pressure on the home team and succeeded in taking lead for the second time when Muntari found the net at the half-hour mark. Ahmed Al Saad helped Lekhwiya storm to a 3-1 lead when he scored in the 42nd minute of the round 25 clash. 
Al Ahli’s Iajour fired one at Lekhwiya goal in the 63rd minute but the ball cannoned off the goalkeeper to Mubele who quickly deflected a neat shot into the net. 
Muntari scored Lekhwiya’s fourth goal by jumping high for a header that sailed past goalkeeper Yazan Naim. 
Iajour reduced the deficit when he found the net in the 81st minute. 
Four minutes later, Lekhwiya goalkeeper Amin fumbled with an easy clearance, allowing an unmarked Al Yazeedi to grab the ball and put it at the back of the net. 
Lajour flicked one home in injury time to complete Al Ahli’s memorable win. Elsewhere, a double by high-scoring striker Abdulrazzaq Hamadallah helped El Jaish pick up three points against Umm Salal in the 2-1 win at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. 
Hamadallah scored once in each half to help El Jaish post their 14th win this season.  El Jaish opened the scoring through Hamadallah who found the back of the Umm Salal net in the 18th minute by converting off a spot kick in the round of 25 clash. 
Umm Salal’s Munir Al Hamdawi headed home from close range in the 61st minute.  
Coached by Sabri lLamouchi, El Jaish took the lead for the second and decisive time when Hamadallah scored in the 74th minute, once again off a penalty kick. 
Hamadallah went for the left of Umm Salal goalkeeper Baba Malick for his team’s second goal. 
Second-placed El Jaish now have 47 points from 25 matches. 
Fifth-placed Umm Salal have 38 points from 25 matches.  El Jaish now have the second most number of wins (14) behind Al Rayyan’s tally of 20.
Coach Sabri Lamouchi side now have 47 points after 25 matches and are in second position while Al Sadd after yesterday’s  draw are in third place with 46 points.
The last round matches of the QSL will be held on April 15 and 16.The Peninsula