QNB Stars League Week 14 — Al Gharafa 1 Al Sadd 8
Al Sadd defeated Al Gharafa 8-1 in Week 14 of the QNB Stars League on Sunday to post their 10th win of the season.
Strikers Baghdad Bounedjah and Akram Afif produced hat-tricks in the high-scoring clash.
Captain Hassan Al Haydous (63rd minute) and substitute Hassan Ahmed (86th) also joined the scorers’ list as Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira walked off the Al Gharafa Stadium pitch with a huge smile.
For Al Gharafa, who missed the services of Dutch star Wesley Sneijder, Mehdi Taremi reduced the deficit in the 52nd minute.
For Al Sadd, Baghdad scored in the 19th, 28th and 45+3 minutes (penalty). Akram was on target in the 25th, 40th and 57th minutes (penalty).
Al Sadd grabbed the opening goal thanks to a good finish by Bounedjah. The Algerian striker exhibited incredible pace to hoodwink his marker Ilyas Ahmad after receiving a loopy cross from the midfield. Once he moved into the Al Gharafa box, Bounedjah found one of the narrowest angles to shoot the ball past keeper Ali for his 24th strike this season.
Akram doubled Al Sadd’s lead from close range, flicking the ball into the net with a right-footed shot. Three minutes later, Al Haydous slipped in a neat cross from the flank and Bounedjah deflected the ball into the lead as Al Sadd went 3-0 up.
Akram showed amazing speed with the ball and despite being hotly chased by an Al Gharafa player he calmly slotted the ball past keeper Yousef Hassan for Al Sadd’s fourth goal.
In injury time, Al Gharafa’s Yousuf Muftah was shown a yellow card for a rough tackle on Akram in the Al Gharafa box.
Seconds later, Bounedjah converted the resultant penalty from the needless tackle on Akram.
Taremi converted a penalty to reduce the deficit in the 52nd minute.
Akram completed his hat-trick when he scored Al Sadd’s sixth goal off a penalty kick.
Al Haydous then made it 7-1 for Al Sadd after deflecting a neat cross from Bounedjah into the net. Substitute Ahmed too found the net as Al Sadd closed the match with an 8-1 scoreline.