QNB Stars League Week 7 — Al Arabi 0 Al Sailiya 2


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Rachid Tiberkanine scored a brace as Al Sailiya beat Al Arabi 2-0 in Week 7 of the QNB Stars League on Saturday.

Tiberkanine scored in the 23rd and 88th minutes to steer Al Sailiya to victory in front of home fans.

Al Arabi’s Mohamed Salah El Neel swooped on an aerial cross off a corner kick, but ended up with a feeble deflection that went above the head of Al Sailiya keeper Saoud Al Khater in the first real threatening move by the home side in the 10th minute.

Three minutes later, Nadir Belhadj unleashed a powerful shot from outside the Al Arabi box, but the ball was smartly stopped by goalkeeper Masoud Zarayi.

Belhadj, a former Al Sadd winger, produced pace on his left-footed drive, but the ball was quickly stopped by an alert keeper.

Al Sailiya grabbed the lead in dramatic fashion. After a couple of players collided and crashed to the pitch near the Al Arabi box, Abdulqadir Adam quickly placed the ball for a free-kick and slipped a pass to Rachid, with Al Arabi players still recovering from the foul.

Rachid, with no marker in sight, slipped the ball past Zarayi with a left-footed drive from inside the box. The referee allowed the goal though Al Arabi players questioned it.

Al Sailiya put the issue beyond doubt by scoring the second goal late, with Tiberkanine getting his name on the scorer’s list for a second time.