QSL Cup Round 5, Group A: Al Kharaitiyat bt Umm Salal 2-0, Al Arabi hold Al Gharafa 1-1
In the QSL Cup Round 5, Group A matches played at the Al Arabi Stadium on Thursday, Al Kharaitiyat blanked Umm Salal 2-0, while Al Arabi played out a 1-1 draw with Al Gharafa.
The fight for the fourth quarterfinal spot from the group was between Umm Salal and Al Kharaitiyat, while Al Arabi were out of contention for qualification.
Umm Salal needed only a draw, while Al Kharaitiyat were in a must-win situation.
Thus, Al Kharaitiyat progressed, after Al Gharafa, Al Duhail and Qatar SC.
The match between Qatar SC and Al Duhail will be played on Friday, along with the three Group B games.
Umm Salal 0 Al Kharaitiyat 2
Al Kharaitiyat beat Umm Salal 2-0, with first-half goals from Majed Salmeen and Abdulaziz Al Ansari powering them.
Al Kharaitiyat opened the scoring at the half hour-mark when Salmeen fired home off an indirect corner kick. After picking up a loose ball, Salmeen tapped it with a pacy shot that went through the hands of Umm Salal goalkeeper Basel Zaidan.
Three minutes from the first-half whistle, Al Kharaitiyat doubled their lead with a bit of luck favouring them. A loopy cross from an Umm Salal player landed at the feet of Abdulaziz, who volleyed home in style, sending the ball crashing into the Umm Salal net.
Both sides failed to score in the second half.
Al Arabi 1 Al Gharafa 1
A second-half strike by Wesley Sneijder helped Al Gharafa record a 1-1 draw against Al Arabi.
Hosts Al Arabi grabbed the lead in the 23rd minute. Fahad Khalfan spotted Diego Jardel unmarked close to the Al Gharafa box and slipped in a neat cross.
The Brazilian midfielder tapped the ball and charged into the Al Gharafa box even as keeper Qasim Burhan stepped out of his position. Jardel easily hoodwinked Burhan and flicked the ball into the net.
In the second half, Al Gharafa upped the ante and attacked the Al Arabi goalmouth repeatedly. In the 74th minute, Dutch international and Al Gharafa skipper Wesley Sneijder exhibited glimpses of his brilliance when he curled in a superb free-kick to score the equaliser.
The ball dipped on before entering the net, but unfortunately Al Arabi keeper Mahmoud Ibrahim hit the goalpost and hurt himself. The game was stopped for a while before play resumed as Mahmoud received treatment.