QNB Stars League Week 20 – Al Ahli 2 Al Arabi 1
Al Ahli registered a 2-1 win over Al Arabi in Week 20 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Ahli Stadium on Saturday.
Al Ahli, with their 10th victory, raised their points tally to 33, whereas Al Arabi remained on 27.
Meshaal Abdullah (24th minute) and Mohammed Al Bayati (86th) scored for Al Ahli.
For Al Arabi, Victor Vazquez netted a goal in the 61st minute.
The match was dubbed ‘Hilal Derby’ because both clubs are located in that area.
Al Ahli went into the match on the back of a goalless draw with Al Shahania, while Al Arabi had lost 1-2 to Al Gharafa in Week 19.
It was a consolation for Al Ahli, who had been going through a lean patch of late under Spanish coach Ruben de la Barrera, who replaced Czech Milan Macala during the winter break.
Al Arabi, coached by Heimir Hallgrimsson from Iceland, thus suffered their 11th defeat.
Al Ahli had defeated Al Arabi 3-0 in the first leg.