QNB Stars League Week 4 — Al Rayyan 2 Al Kharaitiyat 1
Al Rayyan ran to a professional 2-1 victory against a resurgent Al Kharaitiyat in Week 4 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Sadd Stadium on Saturday.
Goals for Al Rayyan came through Gonzalo Viera in the 40th minute and Rodrigo Tabata in the 49th. Al Kharaitiyat got their reply in the 54th through Abdulhadi Al Amin.
Al Kharaitiyat started the match with the intention of upsetting the odds and were nearly rewarded for their early endeavour, but Al Rayyan goalkeeper Omar Barri pulled off a couple of fine saves from Valentin Lazar and debutant Jugurtha Hamroun.
The Lions were not fearful of the early pressure and started to make headway into the game. Sebastian Soria saw his shot brilliantly saved by the opposition goalkeeper and the resulting corner saw Daniel Goumou miss a close-range header.
Al Rayyan were able to break the deadlock just before half-time as Tabata’s lofted free-kick from the left was found by Viera who evaded his marker and headed home.
Minutes into the second half and Al Rayyan doubled their lead when Tabata struck an imperious free-kick from the left that dipped, swerved and curled its way into the far corner from 25 yards out.
Al Rayyan were expected to run out comfortable winners from here. However, Al Kharaitiyat got themselves back into the game pretty quickly. After winning back possession in midfield, they were able to attack on the counter, with Lazar running into the box on the left and pulling the ball back to Abdulhadi who calmly passed the ball into the net.
Late in the match, they were nearly rewarded again for their positive approach when Abdulla Al Anzi ran in on goal, but he chipped his effort over the goalkeeper.
They were unable to get back into the game, but will be buoyed by a very positive performance as they look to reverse their fortune.