QNB Stars League Week 18 – Al Duhail 6 Al Ahli 0
Reigning champions Al Duhail blanked Al Ahli 6-0 in Week 18 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Duhail Stadium on Thursday.
Mehdi Benatia (20th minute), Mohammed Muntari (38th), Shoya Nakajima (52nd), Murad Naji (68th) and Yousef El Arabi (80th and 88th minutes) scored the goals.
Al Duhail, who were held goalless by Al Gharafa in Week 17, were thus back to their lethal form.
In the process, The Red Knights moved to 43 points as Al Ahli stayed on 29. It was Al Duhail’s 13th victory, while The Brigadiers suffered their seventh defeat.
Benatia, who joined Al Duhail from Italian giants Juventus during the January transfer window, opened the scoring for his first goal in Qatar besides displaying a solid show in defence. The Moroccan steered home Murad’s free-kick from the right.
Muntari made it 2-0 when he linked up with Shoya before beating goalkeeper Ivanildo Rodrigues with a delightful chip.
Winter signing Nakajima opened his account in Qatar with a beautiful goal, hammering the ball into the roof of the net from inside the box to make it 3-0.
Luis Martin replaced Asim Madibo before the half-time break, while El Arabi also took the field after the breather, replacing Muntari.
Right-back Murad was rewarded for his hard work with a goal when he directed Karim Boudiaf’s long ball into the net.
El Arabi, the last two seasons’ top scorer, added two more goals to complete the tally.
The Moroccan striker scored his first goal off a pass from substitute Nasser Al Yazidi. He found the target a second time with another first-time finish.