QNB Stars League Week 10 Highlights
The Week 10 of the QNB Stars League witnessed high action and drama. There were some surprise changes in the teams’ positions as well. Three matches were high-scoring ones, while only one game was drawn.
Holders Al Duhail stayed on top with a come-from-behind 4-1 win over Al Kharaitiyat. The Red Knights have 22 points.
After Al Kharaitiyat took a surprise lead through Valentin Lazar, Al Duhail got down to business and replied through Bassam Al Rawi, Mohammed Moosa and Yousef El Arabi (two goals).
The shocker of the week was Al Sadd losing 1-4 to Al Ahli. The Wolves’ Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira had said at the pre-match Press conference that his players had not recovered psychologically from their AFC Champions League semifinal aggregate defeat at the hands of Iran’s Persepolis.
Apparently, that is what happened on the pitch as Al Sadd did not get their way against Al Ahli, for whom Omid Ibrahimi led from the front with two goals. Abdelrahman Mohammed and Mohammed Muntari were the other scorers, while Baghdad Bounedjah gave Al Sadd’s sole reply.
Al Sadd slipped from second to third position in the standings as they stood on 17 points. Dropping three crucial points is sure to be a serious blow to their title hopes.
Al Ahli, nevertheless, stayed sixth with 15 points.
Al Rayyan made a big leap in the table, from fourth to second spot, by registering a 2-1 victory over Al Sailiya, who went from third to fourth place.
Sebastian Soria and Rodrigo Tabata scored the goals for Al Rayyan after Abdulqadir Ilyas had given Al Sailiya an advantage in the first half.
Al Rayyan now have 18 points, four adrift of Al Duhail, whereas Al Sailiya remained on 16.
Al Gharafa made it big and moved one place up to seventh with 14 points following their 6-0 defeat of Al Khor, who were coming off a two-match winning streak.
Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi led the charge by scoring two goals. Amro Seraj, Wesley Sneijder, Vladimir Weiss and Ahmed Alaaeldin also got into the scoring act.
It was also a battle between two French coaches, Al Gharafa’s Christian Gourcuff and Al Khor’s Bernard Casoni.
Qatar SC gained much ground, moving from 11th to ninth place with 11 points, after their win over Al Arabi, with Samuel Eto’o netting the all-important goal.
It was Al Sailiya’s second straight defeat. They had lost to Al Shahania in the previous round.
Al Shahania and Umm Salal were locked in a 1-1 draw in other action.
Luciano Vazquez and Yannick Sago found the mark for Al Shahania and Umm Salal respectively.
Al Shahania went down by one position to 10th. Umm Salal remained fifth.
Totally, 22 goals were scored compared to the previous round’s 17.