QNB Stars League champions Al Sadd defeated Jordan’s Al Wehdat 5-2 in the third round of 2022 AFC Champions League Group E at the Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam on Friday.
Akram Afif (23rd minute), Santi Cazorla (58th minute), Andre Ayew (62nd minute), substitutes Rodrigo Tabata (72nd minute) and Mohammed Waad (90+3) scored Al Sadd’s goals.
Ahmed Samir (42nd minute) and Mohammed Anas (44th minute) were Al Wehdat’s scorers.
Al Sadd now have four points halfway through the group stage. The Wolves had drawn 1-1 with FC Nasaf and then lost 1-2 to Al Faisaly.
The Jordanian side came racing out of the blocks and within the first five minutes they had already recorded three shots, with Mohammed Anas testing goalkeeper Saad Al Dossari from outside the box a minute after he had tried a long-range shot that went wide.
At the opposite side of the pitch, it was Abdelkarim Hassan, returning from a one-match suspension, who was the main source of danger, heading over the crossbar once and seeing his second header saved by goalkeeper Ahmed Abdelsattar.
As the first half looked headed to end with the solitary goal in favour of Al Sadd, Al Wehdat ramped up the pressure and were rewarded for their endeavours generously in the form of two goals.
It was a different ball game altogether in the second half, as Al Sadd added four more goals to their tally to run out easy winners.
Al Sadd and Al Wehdat will face off in the fourth round on Tuesday, 19th April.