QNB Stars League Week 16 - Al Duhail 3 Al Shahania 1


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Al Duhail overcame a battling Al Shahania side to record a 3-1 victory in Week 16 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League at the Al Duhail Stadium on Thursday.

Al Duhail thus further enhanced their QNB Stars League credentials as they moved on to 39 points.

In contrast, Al Shahania stayed rooted to the bottom with nine points.

The home side scored through Han Kwang-Song in the fourth minute, Karim Boudiaf (50th minute) and Paulo Edmilson (81st minute). Al Shahania had earlier equalised in the 36th minute through Ahmed Akaichi.

Within minutes of the opening, the game burst into life as The Red Knights took an early lead. Edmilson outwitted his marker in the penalty area before finding Han, who took one touch and drilled the ball into the corner.

The lead was nearly doubled ten minutes later when Al Ahrak found Edmilson with a square pass, but the Brazilian hit the woodwork from close range.

Al Shahania had applied pressure of their own and were rewarded with a VAR reviewed spot-kick for a foul on Nigel de Jong, from which Ramin Rezaien could only strike the post. 

The warning signs were there and Al Shahania finally equalised when De Jong’s cross was flicked on by Alvaro Perez, with Akaichi connecting sweetly with a volley to bring the scores level.

A marginally-rattled Al Duhail came out for the second half with a renewed burst of energy. They were quickly back in front as Al Ahrak was once again the provider, with Boudiaf collecting his pass from the left and planting his shot inside the far post. 

The league leaders were in full control by this point and were too strong for Al Shahania. They were able to settle the match late on as Assim Madibo’s perfectly-timed ball over the top of the defence was met by Edmilson, who cutely lobbed the keeper with the outside of his right foot to cap an impressive performance.