QNB Stars League Week 8 — Al Khor 1 Al Rayyan 0
Al Khor beat Al Rayyan 1-0 in Week 8 of the QNB Stars League on Saturday through a late goal. Brazilian Wagner Ferreira scored the winner in the 90th minute as the home team picked up three points.
In an enterprising first 10 minutes, Al Rayyan stitched a few threatening moves, but on every occasion Al Khor defended well to block captain Rodrigo Tabata and Sebastian Soria.
On one occasion, Tabata broke free of his marker, but his effort was quickly waved off as off-side by the linesman.
Four minutes later, Ahmed Yasin of Al Khor attempted a low shot at the Al Rayyan goal from close range, but Mohammed Juma, patrolling the backline, blocked the shot.
A few seconds later, Al Khor striker Diogo Da Silva missed one of the easiest chances at the fag end of an indirect free-kick. With only the goalkeeper to beat, Diogo shot wide of the mark from inside the Al Rayyan box with keeper Barry beaten by the shot. At the half-hour mark, Tabata curled in a beautifully-taken direct free-kick, but his shot narrowly missed the target.
Close to the hour mark, Al Rayyan’s Lucca curled in a powerful shot from outside the Al Khor box, but keeper Mohammed Ahmed Al Bakr palmed the ball away to kill the move.
Things changed in the last minute when Wagner produced the late stunner.
Substitute Adel Ahmad picked up Wagner with a cross inside the Al Khor box. Wagner, despite being marked by Ali Sanad Al Nuaimi, managed to shoot to the left of Al Rayyan goalkeeper Omar Barry. The ball hit the net after slipping through the outstretched hand of Barry.