Match Report- Al Kharaitiyat 1 Al Rayyan 3
Al Rayyan’s perfect start to the season continued at the Al Khor stadium as Michael Laudrup’s side came up against an Al Kharaitiyat eventually running out 3-1 winners.
With an energetic looking forward line Al Rayyan were straight into action with shots from Moutaouali and Viera both saved before another attack saw Hamdullah bring the ball down inside the area and fail to beat the keeper whilst in on goal.Hamdullah was again denied in the 11th minute after turning two Kharaitiyat players inside before a smart save from Kharaitiyat’s No.1, Saeed Monfared.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 21st minute after Al Rayyan won a free kick 30 yards out. Captain Rodrigo Tabata stepped up and drilled a free kick that was deflected in off the wall past an outstretched goalkeeper, for the Rayyan captain’s third goal of the season.
The Lions were quickly able to double their advantage when Abdulrazaq Hamdullah won the ball in the centre of the park before spreading it out wide to Moutaouali who played a superbly weighted ball into the area, which was met by Sebastian Soria to poke home.
Al Kharaitiyat started the second half with renewed vigor and, after a couple of early chances, they were awarded a penalty on 62 as Tiberkanine was impeded. Moroccan Midfielder Diba stepped up and confidently scored to bring the game back to life but Al Rayyan soon restored their advantage. Following some neat play in the area Hamdullah was able to play the ball across the goalkeeper to Sebastian Soria who tapped in from close range to kill the game off.
The Thunders will take heart from their second half performance but head coach Ahmad Al-Ajlani knows that their next fixture against Al Khor holds extra importance. Meanwhile Al Rayyan will go forward in the knowledge that their exciting attack will cause problems for any defense in the QNB Stars League.