QNB Stars League Week 2 — Al Rayyan 1 Umm Salal 1


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Al Rayyan scored a second-half equaliser to share points with Umm Salal in a thrilling QNB Stars League Week 2 clash at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday.

Yannick Sagbo put Umm Salal ahead in the 16th minute, but Al Rayyan captain Rodrigo Tabata found the net in the 75th to help his side pick up a point.

Sagbo opened the scoring with a neat finish in the Al Rayyan box. The Ivorian picked up a lob, evaded the marking by Mowafak Awad and Musa Haroon before slipping a low ball past the goalkeeper.

It was Sagbo’s second goal of the new season.

In the 23rd minute, striker Sebastian Soria hoodwinked his marker, but his feeble left-footed drive was blocked by Umm Salal’s Adil Rhaili.

At the half-hour mark, South Korean international Koh Myong-Jin slipped a low cross for Tabata, but he was outrun by Rhaili who ended up blocking the move with a diving lunge at the ball.

Five minutes into the second half, Al Rayyan’s Abdulrahman Al Korbi launched a bullet from 40 yards, but the ball narrowly missed the target.

After a series of attacks came Al Rayyan’s equaliser. Soria provided a loopy cross to Tabata who headed home from close range. Mahmoud Mawas flicked the ball away, but the header had clearly crossed the goalline. The rebound was knocked into the net by substitute Khalfan Ibrahim.

Moments later, Koh deflected a high ball towards the Umm Salal goal, but the shot narrowly missed the target as Al Rayyan clearly looked the better side in the second half. 

Umm Salal are still without a win in the new season while Al Rayyan have four points from two matches.