QNB Stars League Week 10 - Al Wakrah 2 Al Ahli 1
Al Wakrah came from behind to secure big three points with a 2-1 victory against Al Ahli in Week 10 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League at the Al Wakrah Stadium on Friday.
Al Wakrah’s goals were scored by Ali Karami in the 52nd minute and Mohamed Benyettou in the 88th minute. Al Ahli had taken the lead in the 16th minute through Nabil El Zahr.
Al Ahli had started in a positive style, with an early dominance providing early rewards. Al Zahr advanced inside the box, cut inside Mohammed Al Bayati before unleashing an unstoppable drive that flew straight past the goalkeeper.
Al Wakrah responded well and were carving out chances throughout the half that ought to have yielded an equaliser.
First, Khalid Mazeed, who was in good form, found Meshaal Abdulla with a wonderful through ball, but the forward screwed his shot marginally wide.
Next up was Benyettou whose trickery allowed him space to shoot in the area, but his well-directed shot was tipped wide of the post. The goal did finally come early in the second half, moments after they had a penalty appeal turned down. Karami picked up the ball outside the penalty area and struck a shot across the face of the goal, evading Ivanildo Rodrigues in goal and finding the back of the net.
With injury time looming, Al Wakrah got the goal that their efforts deserved to seal all three points.
Substitute Ismail Mardanali cut in from the left channel, dribbled his way into the box before hitting low and hard into the corner, but the shot was parried by the goalkeeper and into the path of the grateful Benyettou to get the winner from close range.