QNB Stars League Week 14 - Al Ahli 2 Al Khor 2
Al Khor snatched their second equaliser right at the death to hold Al Ahli to a 2-2 draw in Week 14 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League at the Al Ahli Stadium on Thursday.
New recruit Lucca Borges was Al Khor’s star as he scored a double (23rd minute and 90+5).
Abdelrahman Moustafa (11th minute) and substitute Nabil El Zhar (49th minute) were Al Ahli’s scorers.
Al Ahli now have 17 points and Al Khor 10.
Al Ahli had beaten Al Khor 3-2 in the first leg of 2019-20 QNB Stars League.
Moreover, it was a consolation and a valuable point for Al Khor, who are struggling to stay afloat. The Knights had suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Umm Salal in the previous round.
Al Khor, in their bid to improve their results, had offloaded Brazilian Wagner Ferreira and recruited his compatriot Lucca Borges, who represented Al Rayyan in the 2018-19 season, in the winter transfer window. And the move paid off for them.
Meanwhile, Al Ahli are also doing well under new coach Nebojsa Jovovic, who replaced Ruben de la Barrera. The Brigadiers had beaten Al Sailiya 1-0 in the previous round.
Coming into the match, possession was invariably even for both teams. Al Khor made more use of the wing play, while Al Ahli preferred to attack through the middle.
Abdelrahman took Al Ahli ahead with a shot from outside the box.
Lucca helped Al Khor draw parity halfway through the first half with a free-kick.
A minute into the second half, captain Nabil came off the bench in place of Mohsen Hassan and immediately earned a penalty when Musab Abdulmajid fouled him. Nabil placed home the rebound after goalkeeper Baba Djibril blocked the shot.
As Al Ahli cruised to their second successive win came Lucca’s goal, which resulted from a free-kick from inside the box.