Sebastian Saez produced a late goal to power Al Wakrah to a 3-2 win over Al Sailiya at Al Ahli Stadium yesterday.
In the day’s other game, Umm Salal produced two second-half goals to beat bottom-placed Mesaimeer at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium.
In the first match of the day, Saez, who had earlier opened the scoring for his team in QSL’s Round 18 clash, sealed the deal with his second goal in the 86th minute. It was Al Wakrah’s second win in the last three QSL matches.
After Saez’s first goal in the 10th minute at Al Ahli Stadium, Al Wakrah went 2-0 up in the 35th minute when Mahir Yusuf Bakir found the back of the Al Sailiya net.
Despite trailing 2-0, Al Sailiya hit back through Carlos Alberto who managed a quick double.
Alberto scored the first goal in the 38th minute but barely a minute after the restart, he scored his second goal in the 39th minute to help Al Sailiya back in the game.
Saez’s late strike in the second half spoiled Al Sailiya’s intention of posting their third successive win in as many matches. Al Sailiya are now placed seventh in the QSL points race with a tally of 25 points from 18 rounds. Al Wakrah, placed 8th, have 23 points.
SALAL BEAT MESAIMEER 2-0
At Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium yesterday, Mesaimeer held off a strong Umm Salal side for most part of second half when the winners relied on two headers from Abdulqadir Ilyas Adam to score their win.
The first goal was scored in the 72nd minute while the second one was headed home in the 83rd minute.
On both occasions, Mesaimeer goalkeeper Basel Samih Zaidan allowed the ball through his hands as Adam produced feeble headers from close range.
Umm Salal are now in sixth spot with a tally of 27 points whereas Mesaimeer have lost seven successive games in a row. Mesaimeer have only 4 points from 18 matches.
J Ahnaash, Umm Salal’s football chief, said: “We are delighted to pick up three points. I am sure we can build on this fine fight on the pitch. We need to keep working hard in the remaining matches.” Yesterday’s win was Umm Salal’s sixth of the season.
Wakrah striker Sebastian Saez (C) celebrates after scoring against Sailiya yesterday. PICTURES: Noushad Thekkayil