Al Sadd crowned 2018-19 season QNB Stars League champions


Al Sadd annexed their record-extending 14th Qatar league title when they defeated Al Ahli 7-2 in Week 21 of the QNB Stars League on Thursday.

Qatar Stars League CEO Mr. Hani Taleb Ballan and Qatar National Bank General Manager for Communications Mr. Salem Anzan Al Nuaimi crowned the winners.

Tournament top scorer Baghdad Bounedjah (sixth-min penalty,  45+1 and 81st minute), Qatar national team captain Hassan Al Haydous (24th and 75th-min penalty), Qatar international and former Villarreal player Akram Afif (53rd) and South Korean midfielder Jung Woo-Young (90+4) scored the goals as Al Sadd took an unassailable lead over nearest challengers and reigning champions Al Duhail, who lost 0-1 to Al Kharaitiyat in simultaneous kick-off, with only one round of action remaining.

Nigel de Jong (71st) and Abdulrasheed Ibrahim (79th minute) scored Al Ahli’s goals.

Al Sadd moved to 54 points, while Al Duhail remained on 47 points.Al Sadd had missed out on the crowning when they were held to a 2-2 draw by hosts Al Duhail last week, as they needed to win the game.

But this time, The Wolves made it more sweeter as they were crowned in front of wildly-cheering home fans.

Al Sadd made their intentions clear from the word go. And by half-time, they led by three goals to nil.

Bounedjah opened the floodgates as he converted a penalty awarded by referee Nayef Al Kadiri when Al Ahli goalkeeper Ivanildo Rodriguez fouled him.

Al Sadd dominated possession throughout. After Al Haydous doubled the lead, Akram had a goal ruled offside in the 32nd minute.

Bounedjah made it 3-0 to help the hosts take the breather with a three-goal cushion.

Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira’s men added four more in the second half even as The Brigadiers put up a gritty fight in the second half.

Moroccan midfielder Mohsine Moutaoli came up with a rising shot, which Al Sadd goalkeeper Meshaal Issa Barshim blocked in the 50th minute.

Meanwhile, De Jong and Abdulrasheed found the target, but Al Ahli could not stop Al Sadd from registering their 17th victory that helped them clinch the coveted league shield yet another time.