QNB Stars League Week 16 — Al Kharaitiyat 1 Al Ahli 2


Al Ahli pulled off a sensational last-gasp 2-1 win against bottom side Al Kharaitiyat in Week 16 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Khor Stadium on Friday.

Goals for Al Ahli came from John Chancellor (29th minute) and Ahmed Suhail (90+2). Al Kharaitiyat’s goal was scored by Valentin Lazar in the the 68th minute.

With Al Kharaitiyat’s position in the league looking more precarious, it was down to Al Ahli to get the game up and running with a confident burst from the start. As early as the second minute, Mohsine Moutaouali could have secured them the lead, but he was unable to convert Ali Al Yazeedi’s cross.

Minutes later, it was Jonathan Porras was the guilty party as his header from close somehow missed the target. With the pressure mounting on the home side, Al Ahli took the lead when Chancellor rose highest to convert a header beyond the reach of the opposition goalkeeper.

Al Kharaitiyat grew into the game, but Muhammad Raza was unfortunate with two fantastic chances either side of the break before Al Ahli’s Jonathan mistimed his shot from close range.

Midway through the second half and Al Kharaitiyat got a much-deserved equaliser as they countered Al Ahli. Ahmad Khaleel had soldiered down the right flank before whipping in a beautiful cross for Lazar to steer home with his head.

They then looked to have stolen the points when a firm header was kept out by Ivanildo Rodrigues in the 89th minute. This save was to be crucial as a stoppage-time corner was whipped in from the left and Suhail outjumped his marker to secure three vital points for his side.