QNB Stars League Week 18 — Highlights
The QNB Stars League Week 18 witnessed action aplenty. There were four high-scoring games. The fixtures also saw some outstanding individual performances. Not a single match was drawn and 22 goals were scored in all, two more than in the previous round.
Al Duhail maintained their lead position with a 4-0 win over Al Khor. Ismail Mohammed, Youssef El Arabi, Youssef Msakny and Murad Naji scored the goals as The Red Knights moved on to 48 points. Al Khor remained ninth with 15 points.
Al Sadd kept pace with the leaders by blanking Al Ahli 5-0. Baghdad Bounedjah was the star of the show with four goals, while Jugurtha Hamroun completed the scoring.
The Brigadiers remained seventh on 19 points despite the defeat.
Third-placed Al Rayyan recovered well to defeat Qatar SC 4-0. Abderrazaq Hamdallah contributed two goals, while Mohsine Moutouali and Rodrigo Tabata were the other scorers for The Lions.
Moroccan striker Hamdallah took his tally to 15 goals and Tabata 12 in the top-scorers’ chart.
Qatar SC, who went into the game with back-to-back wins, could not do much against the hungry Lions, who put behind the disappointment of dropping points in the last two matches.
Al Rayyan took their points tally to 39, while Qatar SC stayed eighth on 18 points.
Umm Salal gained much ground as they barged into the top four by scripting a hard-fought victory over Al Sailiya, with Ivorian striker Yannick Sagbo netting the all-important goal.
The Orange Fortress have 27 points, while Al Sailiya remained on 25.
Promoted side Al Markhiya pulled off a stunner when they came from a two-goal deficit to defeat Al Gharafa 3-2.
Star midfielder Wesley Sneijder put Al Gharafa two goals up, only to see Al Markhiya strike back through Eric de Oliveira and Abdelqadir Ilyas. It was the Brazilian striker’s two-goal blitz in the space of three minutes in the second half that turned the tide of the match in The Oryxes’ favour.
The result did not have any impact on the teams’ standings as Al Gharafa stayed sixth with 23 points and Al Markhiya last with 12 points.
Al Arabi registered only their third victory when they beat Al Kharaitiyat 2-1 and moved from 11th position to 10th. Khalfan Ibrahim and Mohamed Al Hamed scored for the winners before Mahmoud Abdelhalim pulled one back for Al Kharaitiyat.