QNB Stars League Week 20 – Qatar SC 1 Al Sailiya 2


Al Sailiya beat Qatar SC 2-1 in Week 20 of the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League at the Qatar SC Stadium on Saturday.

Ramin Rezaeian (48th minute) and Abdulqadir Ilyas  (71st minute) were on target for Al Sailiya after Cristian Ceballos (42nd-minute penalty) gave Qatar SC the lead with a spot-kick.

Al Sailiya moved to 26 points from seven wins and five draws, while Qatar SC remained on 31 points following their seventh defeat.

The start of the match saw exchange of attacks from both sides.

Al Sailiya, who clinched the 2020-21 season Ooredoo Cup by beating Al Rayyan 2-0 in the final recently, created the first chance, but Ilyas’ header went wide. 

The Peregrines were dominating the proceedings with 60 per cent of ball possession in the first 20 minutes.

The Kings surged ahead through a penalty kick after Anthony Okpotu, racing inside the box with only goalkeeper to beat, was fouled by goalkeeper Claude Amine. Ceballos, with a beautiful chip in the centre, put Qatar SC in the lead as the keeper dived to his right.

Al Sailiya went into the half-time with a deficit despite dominating the first session with 62 per cent ball possession. However, they came back strongly in the second half, scoring two goals to clinch victory.      

Three minutes after the start of second half, Rezaeian scored for The Peregrines with a stunning free-kick from a few yards outside the box as Qatar SC goalkeeper Jassim Al Hail had no chance to stop the ball despite making a flying attempt.

Ilyas handed Al Sailiya the lead by scoring a goal from near the penalty spot off an assist by Mohanad Ali.

Qatar SC’s appeal for a spot kick was turned down by VAR in the 76th minute, with replay showing Amine committed no foul against Okpotu this time.

Yousef Ayman missed a chance failing to connect a ball from close range late into the match as Al Sailiya notched up a comeback win.