QNB Stars League Week 22 — Al Rayyan 4 Al Ahli 1


Al Rayyan ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in Week 22 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Sadd Stadium on Sunday.

The home team’s goals came through Rodrigo Tabata (18th and 50th minutes), Gonzalo Vieira (44th) and Sebastian Soria (90+2).

Jouhen Beitsoun got Al Ahli’s consolation goal in the 80th minute.

Al Rayyan had started the game slightly on the back foot as Mohsin Al Yazeedi came close with a volley. That early pressure was not to last though as Tabata got his side’s first of the night. A nice move ended with Moutaouli pulling the ball back from the right byline with Tabata on hand to drive it home.

As both sides approached the end of the half, Al Rayyan were able to double their lead and take a cushion into the break. Tabata drifted a centralised free-kick over the Al Ahli defence to Moutaouli, whose looping header from an acute angle found its way into the far corner.

Into the second half and Tabata was on hand again as he slotted past the keeper from the edge of the area.

Eventually, Al Ahli came into life with a sustained period of pressure on the Al Rayyan goal. Their efforts were rewarded when Beitsoun was able to latch on to a free-kick and volley the ball home.

Any chance of a dramatic comeback ended in injury time when Koh Myong-Jin was fouled in the penalty area. Soria stepped up and sealed the points.