QNB Stars League Week 1 — Al Rayyan 2 Al Ahli 0
Al Rayyan got their campaign up and running with a professional 2-0 victory over Al Ahli at the Al Sadd Stadium on Sunday.
The goals came though Sebastian Soria (23rd minute) and Gonzalo Viera (29th).
Looking to build on last season’s positive performances, Al Rayyan got off to a masterful start to the match as they were able to control proceedings and apply constant pressure on their opponents.
The first action came in the 17th as Rodrigo Tabata forced a fantastic save from Yazan Husein in the opposition goal.
Al Rayyan did not have to wait long to get in front when the prolific Soria got his first goal of the campaign. A floated cross into the box was met by Soria who, rather than heading it goalwards, opted to bring the ball down and strike it past the goalkeeper.
Al Rayyan doubled their advantage when Gonzalo rose highest to plant a header into the ground which bounced up and over the goalkeeper to secure the second goal of the night.
Al Rayyan’s lead was spectacularly comfortable and were able to control the rhythm of the game until the end.
Al Ahli did offer a lot of pressure in the latter stages, including some half chances on goal. However, it was not enough and Al Rayyan were rewarded with all three points.