QNB Stars League Week 2 — Al Ahli 2 Qatar SC 0
Al Ahli produced a fighting display to beat Qatar SC 2-0 in Week 2 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday.
A superbly-executed double by Ali Fereydoun (10th and 76th minutes) saw Al Ahli home. It was a welcome result for Al Ahli, who had lost to Al Rayyan in the first round.
After a cagey start, Al Ahli opened the scoring against an in-form Qatar SC after a great run by Fereydoun who dribbled and shot past goalkeeper Jassim Al Hail with lightning speed.
Qatar SC, who stunned former champions Al Gharafa in Week 1, were caught unawares with Fereydoun’s speed and finish.
Close to the half-hour mark, Qatar SC striker Osama Omari curled in a direct free-kick only to be blocked by Al Ahli goalkeeper Yazan Naim.
Other than conceding an early goal, the Qatar SC keeper remained alert throughout the first half, thrice thwarting dangerous moves by the rivals.
At the one-hour mark, Mohsin Al Yazeedi was brought in place of Nasser Saleh by Al Ahli coach Milan Macala to beef up the attack.
A minute later, Al Ahli stalwart Meshaal Abdulla flicked one from close range, but his shot was neatly blocked by Al Hail as Al Ahli failed to double their lead.
Fereydoun then doubled the lead with a spectacular snap-header off a cross from Al Yazeedi, with the former jumping high to deflect the ball into the net.