QNB Stars League Week 6 - Al Khor 1 Al Arabi 3
Al Arabi earned a dramatic, come-from-behind 3-1 victory against Al Khor in Week 6 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League at the Al Khor Stadium on Friday.
Hamdi Harbaoui (78th-minute penalty and 90+5-minute penalty) and Pierre Lasogga (90+8 minutes) scored Al Arabi’s goals.
Ahmed Hassan scored for Al Khor in the 37th minute.
Al Arabi, who were not in action last week as their game against reigning champions Al Sadd (Qatar Derby) was deferred due to the latter’s AFC Champions League first-leg semifinal against Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal played in Doha on 1st October, moved to 13 points. Al Khor stood on four points.
Al Khor thus suffered their fourth successive defeat, having lost to Al Ahli, Al Rayyan and Qatar SC also.
Al Arabi were the dominant side in the first half and, understandably, created more chances though they lacked teeth enough to give them the lead. Yousef Abdulrazaq headed straight to Al Arabi goalkeeper Gregory Gomis and then Pierre Lasogga could not connect Yousef’s pass.
Al Khor slowly, but steadily made their way into the game, with Tiago Bezerra and Ahmed Hammoudan leading their charge.
Al Khor drew first blood when Ahmed Hassan volleyed in first time an angular cross from the left by Ibrahim Amada, leaving Gomis with no chance to make a save.
Al Khor were more in the game in the second half and The Knights almost doubled their lead just past the hour mark, but Amada’s shot was first blocked by Gomis and then cleared by Musab Keder.
Al Arabi too made desperate attempts for an equaliser. After Aron Gunnarsson shot over from four yards out off a corner kick, The Dream Team earned a penalty after Al Khor defender Khaled Radwan was adjudged to have handled the ball off a corner kick. Harbaoui calmly converted from the spot.
The match saw dramatic scenes towards the end, with both teams seeking a headway, and the VAR was used on more occasions than one.
Al Khor were awarded a penalty when Morteza Pouraliganji fouled Amada. And Tiago hit the resultant spot kick against the right upright.
Al Arabi soon earned a penalty after Robert Alexander brought down Harbaoui and the latter converted from the spot. Lasogga struck at the stroke of final whistle to seal a pulsating victory for Al Arabi.