QNB Stars League Week 5 — Al Ahli 3 Al Kharaitiyat 2


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Al Ahli relied on a Mohsine Moutaouali double to beat Al Kharaitiyat 3-2 in Week 5 of the QNB Stars League on Saturday.

Moutaouali (35th and 78th minutes) and Majed Mohammed (45+3) scored the goals for Al Ahli on home turf.

For Al Kharaitiyat, the goals were scored by Jugurtha Hamroun (56th-min penalty) and Mohammed Abdulrab (70th).

After initial exchanges, Al Ahli broke the deadlock with a slick finish. After lapping up a cross from the flank, Moutaouali launched a brutal drive from outside the box. The ball smashed into the goalpost and, to the dismay of Al Kharaitiyat supporters, went in.

In an effort to block the shot, Al Kharaitiyat keeper Ahmed Sofyan produced a full-length dive to his right but the angle of the ball beat him easily. It was Moutaouali’s first goal of the season.

Three minutes from the first-half whistle, Al Ahli defender Ali slipped in a near-perfect cross to team-mate Ali Ferydoon who failed to deflect the ball into the net from close range with only goalkeeper Sofyan at his mercy.

Just when everyone thought both teams would walk off the pitch with Al Ahli leading 1-0 at half-time, Majed made it 2-0 in injury time with a shot that hit the top of the net.

In the 56th minute, Al Kharaitiyat reduced the deficit when Hamroun converted a penalty, firing the ball to the left of Al Ahli keeper Yazan Naim.

Ten minutes later, Moutaouali unleashed a powerful drive from long range. But this time, Sufyan blocked the shot.

Al Kharaitiyat’s hard work finally bore fruit when substitute Mohammed Abdulrab flicked one above the heads of everyone in the Al Ahli box.

Moutaouali then put Al Ahli ahead for the second time, this time finding the net despite being shadowed by three rival defenders.