QNB Stars League Week 13 – Al Sadd 8 Al Sailiya 0


Al Sadd beat Al Sailiya 8-0 in Week 13 of the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League at the Al Sadd Stadium on Thursday.

Baghdad Bounedjah’s four goals did the trick for Al Sadd (23rd, 80th, 86th and 89th minutes). Nam Tae-Hee (36th and 54th minutes), Ali Asad (50th minute) and Santiago Cazorla (61st minute) also scored for Al Sadd, who kept their unbeaten run at the top of the table with 35 points following their 11th victory.

Al Sailiya remained on 15 points after suffering their sixth defeat.

Both sides looked to attack from the start. Rodrigo Tabata, after receiving a long cross from his half of the pitch, settled in front of the Al Sailiya box and fired a powerful shot that was parried away by keeper Claude Amine in the seventh minute.

Al Sailiya also produced a similar threatening move when Abdulqadir Ilyas, under pressure from Pedro Miguel near his own box, used his toe end to send a curling shot towards Al Sadd keeper Meshaal Barsham five minutes later.

In another quality move, Abdulqadir backheeled a short cross to Mohammed Rajeb stationed with open space to shoot near the Al Sadd box. The tall Al Sailiya striker – after a couple of steps forward - drilled a left-footed shot that sailed past the goalpost to the right of keeper Meshaal.

In the 17th minute, Al Sadd’s Nam, after a short tap from Bounedjah, fired a top shot that narrowly sailed past the left Al Sailiya goalpost. However, Al Sadd soon opened the scoring after a keeper’s fumble.

Ali Asad charged into the Al Sailiya box and quickly slipped in a low show – between the legs of Mostafa Hamid - to the right of keeper Amine who reached the ball with relative eased but fumbled with his collection and lost control. The loose ball popped and landed near ever-alert Bounedjah who wasted no time and fired a right-footed shot into the net from close range.

In the 34th minute, Cazorla found good pace and angle on his powerful shot from the edge of the box, but Al Sailiya keeper Amine did well to parry the ball. Amin, however, could do little when Al Sadd strike force combined well to find the net in the 36th minute.

Bounedjah, after receiving a cross while being stationed on the edge of the Al Sailiya box, found Nam with a neat short cross. The Korean arrived with slick pace to deflect the ball with his left foot from close range with only keeper Amine to beat.

 Al Sadd carried their momentum into the second half when Ali Asad showed little slackness to score the third goal for the Amir Cup champions. Bounedjah headed the ball off a corner kick, but the deflection hit the Al Sailiya crossbar. The ball bounced back into play and Ali Asad slipped in a shot from close range in the 50th minute.

Bounedjah, showing great form, assisted once again for the fourth goal by picking out Nam inside the box. The Korean drilled the ball into the net from close range. Shortly, Al Sadd jumped to a 5-0 cushion when Cazorla expertly deflected a left-footed shot to the right of goalkeeper.

In the 65th minute, Hassan Al Haydous also found the net for Al Sadd, but his effort was declared off-side. Bounedjah fired a shot from the edge of the box to the left of keeper Amin for his second of the match.

Bounedjah deflected a cross into the net to complete his hat-trick and Al Sadd’s seventh goal, and then drilled one more past the keeper for his fourth of the evening.