QNB Stars League Week 15 — Al Gharafa 1 Al Ahli 3
Al Ahli extended their unbeaten run to eight matches as they beat Al Gharafa 3-1 in Week 15 of the 2018-19 season QNB Stars League on Thursday.
Mohammed Muntari (first minute), Abdelrehman Mustafa (58th) and Nigel de Jong (83rd) scored the goals for the visitors at the Al Gharafa Stadium, where Amro Seraj (37th) was on target for the home side.
In just the first minute of their Round 15 clash, following a loopy Mohsine Moutaouali cross that landed at his feet, Muntari outpaced his marker and shot the ball into the net for Al Ahli’s first goal. The early strike brought a huge smile to coach Milan Macala.
Al Gharafa equalised when Seraj made the most of a fumble by keeper Ivanildo Rodrigues. Stationed just a few feet away from Santos, who failed to pouch a low cross from the flank, Seraj quickly sent the ball into the net with a low right-foot drive. It was Seraj’s third goal of the season.
A couple of minutes later, Al Gharafa’s Ahmed Alaaeldin failed to send the ball into an open net from close range off a loopy cross from the flank. Just two minutes before the end of first half, Al Ahli’s Mohammad Reza was booked with a yellow for a reckless tackle in his own box.
In the second half, Mustafa helped Al Ahli take the lead with a left-footed drive from inside the Al Gharafa box with only keeper Ali to beat. It was Mustafa’s third goal of the season.
De Jong then fired a bullet from 25 yards out into the net in spectacular fashion to complete the scoring.