QNB Stars League Week 4 - Al Gharafa 3 Al Ahli 1
Al Gharafa defeated Al Ahli 3-1 in Week 4 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League at the Al Sadd Stadium on Thursday.
Al Ahli took the lead against the run of play through Abdelrahman Moustafa in the 11th minute, only to see Al Gharafa make a brilliant comeback.
Sofianne Hanni (47th minute) and Ahmed Alaaeldin (76th minute) scored for Al Gharafa, who were also helped by an own goal by Majed Mohammed in the 77th minute.
The red card to Mohammed Al Abbassi in the 73rd minute made matters worse for Al Ahli as they conceded two more goals since then.
Al Gharafa took their points tally to 10 with their third victory, having defeated Al Shahania (3-0) and Qatar SC (3-1). The Cheetahs drew goalless with Al Rayyan in their other game.
Al Gharafa are now equal with Al Arabi on 10 points.
The result ended Al Ahli’s two-match winning run. The Brigadiers had lost 1-3 to Al Ahli in the first round, but then defeated Al Sailiya 3-0 and Al Khor 3-2 to be on six points.
Al Gharafa had more of the exchanges throughout the game, the highlight fixture in Week 4 of the QNB Stars League.
However, Al Ahli took a surprise lead when Abdelrahman Moustafa latched on to a long pass from the middle by Mohammed Diamy and evaded Hector Moreno before slotting the ball home past Al Gharafa goalkeeper Qasim Burhan.
Al Gharafa had Koo Ja-Cheol’s rising shot that hit the crossbar to show for their efforts in the first half.
Hanni helped Al Gharafa draw parity before long after resumption but, since then, there were a spate of attacks by Al Gharafa, with Adlene Guedioura, Hanni and Alaaeldin leading the charge.
Alaaeldin then found the mark himself and was instrumental in their third goal as Majed hit the former’s goal-bound shot home in a bid to clear the ball.