Lekhwiya regain top spot with win over Al Sailiya
23 Feb 2017 - 22:48
The first round 22 QSL fixture yesterday saw Lekhwiya regain their top spot in the Qatar Stars League (QSL) Championship with a hard-fought 2-1 win over mid-table Al Sailiya at Al Ahli’s Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium.
Al Sailiya came into the game on a high following their last-gasp 2-1 win over Al Ahli last time out but left empty handed.
As for Lekhwiya, they came into the tie desperate to bounce back and head back to the top of the table after their shock 3-1 defeat to Umm Salal saw them lose the top spot to Al Sadd on goal difference.
After an opening 18 minutes which saw Lekhwiya sit deep in Al Sailiya’s half but create very few chances, the Red Knights finally broke through and took the lead thanks to a goal from their number 19,
Al Moez Ali. Lekhwiya attacked down the right wing, where they’d been finding plenty of space, and delivered a low, whipping cross into the 18 yard box that caught Al Sailiya’s defense sleeping allowing Moez to get in between the two centre backs and poke it home from just six yards out.
The rest of the first half played out much as the first 18 minutes did, with Lekhwiya sitting deep in Al Sailiya’s half.
The Red Knights were unable to add to their opener though despite being awarded a penalty on the 35th minute after.
Al Sailiya’s goalkeeper Gomis produced a fine save low to his right after he guessed which way Lekhwiya’s goal scoring machine, Yousef El Arabi, was going with the shot. Lekhwiya headed into the tunnel with just a one goal lead that should have been more.
Al Sailiya came out looking like a different team in the second half and had long spells pressed deep into Lekhwiya’s half.
On the 50th minute they were unlucky not to equalise after they had a flurry of shots cleared off the line by Lekhwiya’s stretched defense, with Al Sailiya’s Marius Lazar having back to back shots cleared.
The tide soon turned in the favour of Lekhwiya though as they stepped up a gear. After ten minutes of second half play, their captain Mohamed Moosa somehow managed to miss from just two yards out in what may be the miss of the season.
Luckily for him, just minutes later Yousef El Arabi found the back of the net to bag his 22nd goal of the season. Lekhwiya managed to beat the offside trap and deliver a cross from the right wing into the 18 yard box where El Erabi was waiting and able to stab home from just six yards out.
Al Sailiya tried desperately to get back into the game and got one back on the 83rd minute when halftime substitute Madether hammered one from the edge of the 18 yard box with a fine finish.
Al Sailiya weren’t able to find a second and nab a pint though and Lekhwiya leave top of the QSL table.
In other match yesterday, Muaither collected full points, beating Umm Salal 1-0 at Seham bin Hamad Stadium.