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Al Duhail beat Al Khor 4-1 in Week 1 of the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League at the Al Khor Stadium on Sunday.

Michael Olunga (34th and 68th-min penalty minute), Ismail Mohammed (50th minute) and Khaled Mohammed (89th minute) scored for Al Duhail.

Rafael Vaz had put Al Khor ahead as early as the fourth minute.

Al Duhail, underlining their determination to make it big this season after failing to clinch a single silverware last time around, dominated possession, with their spearhead Olunga getting good support from Edmilson Junior along the left flank and Ismail Mohammed along the right.

In fact, Al Duhail easily overcame the early jolt when new recruit Rafael curled in a free-kick past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Salah Zakaria, who dived full-length to his left.

Al Duhail succeeded in drawing parity late in the half when Olunga tapped in a short cross from Ismail Mohammed from almost the goalline after Vaz failed to clear the ball.

Edmilson came up with a curling shot in the 45th minute, but Al Khor goalkeeper Baba Djibril blocked it.

During the session, Olunga headed straight to the goalkeeper and Edmilson sent a free-kick out.

Five minutes after restart, Al Duhail, who had started going in full steam, added a second goal through Ismail Mohammed, who sent in a rebound off goalkeeper Djibril after Olunga had first taken the shot.

Al Khor’s Vaz attempted a free-kick, similar to the one through which he scored, in the 62nd minute, but was off-target.

Al Duhail grew in strength and struck their third goal, as Olunga converted a penalty awarded by referee Khalid Abdulla after he was brought down by Al Khor captain Naif Al Beriki.

Khaled rounded off the tally at the fag end of the match with a solo effort, beating Djibril.

Al Duhail thus made a strong start to their campaign under new coach Luis Castro.

 

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