Al Gharafa played out a 1-1 draw with Al Duhail in Round 3, Group B of the 2022-2023 season Ooredoo Cup at the Al Egla Stadium 4 on Sunday.
Al Gharafa surged ahead through a header by Mehdi Tehrat (45+2 minute) and Al Duhail equalized through tournament top scorer Michael Olunga in the 71st minute.
Al Gharafa and Al Duhail now have seven and five points respectively.
Al Arabi, Al Rayyan, Al Shamal and Al Markhiya are the other teams in Group B.
Group A comprises Al Sadd, Al Wakrah, Umm Salal, Al Ahli, Qatar SC and Al Sailiya.
The match was an opportunity for coaches Andrea Stramaccioni of Al Gharafa and Hernan Crespo of Al Duhail to graph their next stage and study the tactical aspects, which can help their sides achieve superiority.
As the first half headed towards a draw came Al Gharafa’s goal as Tehrat headed in a corner kick taken by fellow Algerian Farid Boulaya.
Al Duhail pressed hard in the second half and was successful through Kenyan striker Olunga, who had struck a hat-trick in both their victories earlier.