QNB Stars League Week 7 - Al Rayyan 5 Qatar SC 0
Al Rayyan romped to a convincing 5-0 victory over Qatar SC in Week 7 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Saturday.
The goals were scored by Mohammed Alaaeldin (ninth minute), Rodrigo Tabata (16th and 70th minutes), Franck Kom (28th) and Yacine Brahimi (35th minute).
Al Rayyan have 15 points and Qatar SC stood on three.
Coming into the game, Qatar SC would have been looking to alleviate any early pressure, but their high-flying opponents were hungry and quickly finding opportunities.
Firstly, Kom saw his thunderous shot ricochet off the crossbar before Yacine tested the goalkeeper from close range. The resulting corner drew the first goal of the match as Mohammed Alaa latched onto Tabata’s cross and poked home at the near post.
Qatar SC did not come simply to make up the numbers and had a good couple of chances to equalise in quick succession. First, Kayke Rodrigues could not quite find the target before Abdenasser Elkhayati hit a lovely shot which Fahd Younis did well to save and force a corner.
They did score from the corner, but the goal was disallowed for a handball infringement.
Al Rayyan were in a riotous mood and their lead was quickly doubled when Tabata raced through the defence to carefully and emphatically steer his volley past the hapless Jassim Al Hail.
The pressure intensified and next up was Kom, who rose unchallenged to divert Tabata’s corner into the back of the net with his head. The match as a contest was effectively finished in the 35th minute when Ahmed Abdelmaqsoud released Yacine into the box and the attacker snuck his shot past the goalkeeper to take an unassailable lead into half-time.
Despite the score line, Qatar SC had put up a good performance and came out in the second half looking to match the positive intensity, but they were unfortunate to not take at least one of their chances.
Al Rayyan were less generous, however, and Tabata completed the scoring when he whipped a glorious 25-yard free-kick into the far corner to seal a fine victory for the title contenders.