QNB Stars League Week 19 – Al Sailiya 0 Al Sadd 2
Al Sailiya cemented their position on top of the QNB Stars League by beating Al Sailiya 2-0 in their Week 19 clash at the Al Ahli Stadium on Saturday.
Baghdad Bounedjah (18th minute) and Akram Afif (84th) scored the goals as Al Sadd moved to 50 points. Al Sailiya stayed on 31 points.
It was Al Sadd’s 16th victory, the most by any team, as The Wolves, coached by Portuguese Jesualdo Ferreira, inched further towards retaining the coveted Qatar league shield for the 14th time in history, also the most by any side.
Al Sadd had dropped two crucial points after being held to a 1-1 draw by Al Sailiya in the first leg. This time around, The Peregrines had to play second fiddle to their formidable rivals.
Al Sailiya had the ignominy of having their goalkeeper Saoud Al Khater sent off following his foul on Akram in the 64th minute. The Peregrines were also unlucky when Abdulkadir Ilyas missed a penalty, blocked by Al Sadd goalkeeper Saad Al Dossari, awarded after a free-kick hit the hand of defender Boualem Khoukhi.
Ilyas was on target towards the end, but the lanky striker’s effort was ruled offside by referee Saoud Ali Al Athba.
Al Sadd, for whom Spanish midfield maestro took the field after one hour following his return from an injury layoff, dominated the game with 60 per cent of possession and four corner kicks, compared to three by Al Sailiya.
Tournament top scorer Bounedjah took Al Sadd ahead by heading a cross from the left by Abdulkarim Hassan, who was adjudged the best player in Asia.
Akram found the mark after latching on to a long through pass as Al Sadd coasted to yet another victory.