QNB Stars League Week 12 - Al Khor 2 Al Sailiya 1


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Al Khor beat Al Sailiya 2-1 in Week 12 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League at the Al Khor Stadium on Saturday.

Karim Ansari put Al Sailiya ahead in the 18th minute, only to see Helal Mohammed equalise for Al Khor in the 29th minute. However, Ibrahim Amada struck the winning goal in the 83rd minute as The Knights moved on to nine points with their second victory.

The victory will do a world of good in Al Khor’s bid to move away from the danger zone.

Al Sailiya, who are keen to be in the top four like they did last season when they ended up third for their best-ever finish in the league, stood on 17 points as they suffered their fifth defeat.

Al Khor have the advantage of having played one game less as their Week 7 fixture against Al Sadd was deferred due to the latter’s AFC Champions League commitment. It will now be played on 21st January before the QNB Stars League resumes with Week 12 action on 23rd January.

Al Sailiya and Al Khor, who had played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg, started off on a fast pace this time, with both teams having their share of the ball.

Gradually, Al Khor were more on the ascendancy, but it was Al Sailiya who surged ahead. Hamad Al Abidi crossed the ball from the right, Abdulqadir Ilyas took a shot at the goal and the ball rebounded off Al Khor’s Mohammed Al Jabri to Ansari, who only had to place it in.

Tiago Bezerra led Al Khor’s charge and their efforts bore fruit as Helal struck the ball in from the top of the box after being set up by Tiago.

Al Sailiya’s Nadir Belhadj unleashed two booming long-rangers in each half. First, it went narrowly over the bar. Later on, Al Khor goalkeeper Baba Djibril collected his shot.

Ahmed Hammoudan and Tiago were unlucky with their attempts at the goal in the first half.

After repeated attempts by both teams to break the deadlock in the second session, it was the turn of Amada to hit home the winner.