QNB Stars League Week 8 — Al Gharafa 3 Al Arabi 0
Hosts Al Gharafa strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Al Arabi in the first of Friday’s QNB Stars League Week 8 fixtures.
The goals were scored by Abdelaziz Hatem in the 13th minute, and Ahmed Alaaeldin in the 40th and 45th minutes.
Al Arabi came into the game five points clear of Al Gharafa in the table, but were comprehensively beaten, thanks to a wonderful first-half display by The Cheetahs.
Abdelaziz Hatem opened the scoring early on with a free-kick taken wide on the right. He feigned a cross, but instead curled his free-kick over the wall and into the near post with the goalkeeper caught off guard.
In the latter stages of the half, the home side was able to double their lead after a defensive mix-up led to Mehdi Taremi being brought down by Masoud Zarayi in goal. Alaaeldin stepped up to convert with ease.
The final goal of the night came several minutes later when Taremi fed Alaaeldin who dummied his way past two defenders before striking from the edge of the area.
Al Arabi were able to put pressure on Al Gharafa in the second half, but were wasteful with the opportunities they had and ultimately never able to get themselves back into the game.