Al Rayyan vs Umm Salal: Keen contest on cards


The encounter between Al Rayyan and Umm Salal in Week 2 of the QNB Stars League is expected to be fought fiercely. It will kick off at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday, 10th August, at 17:30.

Al Rayyan are flying high, having won the season-opening Sheikh Jassim Cup, defeating Al Duhail on penalties, and also their QNB Stars League Week 1 game against Al Ahli with a 2-0 margin.

On the other hand, Umm Salal suffered the heartbreak of conceding a goal right at the death and losing their league opener to Al Sailiya 1-2.

Al Rayyan and Umm Salal are currently fourth and seventh respectively in the standings.

Al Rayyan started their preparations for the game on Tuesday under their new Argentinian coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena.

They have been without the services of Moroccan striker Abderrazaq Hamdallah since the fag end of last season. However, Argentinian striker Jonathan Menendez joined The Lions for one season from Club Atletico Independiente and trained along with his new team-mates on Tuesday. He replaced Moroccan midfielder Mohsine Moutaouli, who switched to Al Ahli.

Al Rayyan also have Rodrigo Tabata, Sebastian Soria, Koh Myong-Jin, Abdulrahman Al Harazi, Daniel Goumou, Khalfan Ibrahim and Gonzalo Vieira in their ranks.

Similarly, Umm Salal will miss Nigerian striker Christian Osaguona as he is nursing a ligament injury he sustained during the Al Sailiya match.

But they may get the services of three of their players — Bilal Mohammed, Mohammed Al Sayed and Adel Alawi — who missed their opener due to injuries, but were back in training.

Laurent Banide’s side also includes Yannick Sagbo, Ismail Mahmoud, Mahmoud Mawas and Adel Rhaili.

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