By Sports Reporter/Doha
Al Rayyan have all but confirmed their status as QSL champions for the 2015/2016 season with a 5-0 humbling of second placed Lekhwiya yesterday at Al Sadd stadium.
Three goals in the second half for AL Rayyan, mean that the Lions can be crowned as champions as early as today evening, if third place El Jaish drop points against Al Wakrah.
Al Rayyan have 57 points from 20 matches, while Lekhwiya have 37. The whopping 20-point lead means Lekhwiya can’t win the title even if they win all their remaining six matches and Al Rayyan suffer defeats in their remaining six ties. El Jaish are on 36 points but they have seven matches remaining and thus statistically can still win the title if they win all of them while Al Rayyan lose. But even then it would boil down to goal difference.
Rayyan got off to the best possible start in the 13th minute opening the scoring through Qatari U23 star Ahmed Aladeen. The striker was on hand to knee the ball in from close range after a flick on from midfielder Victor Caceres.
Rayyan doubled their lead on the 40th minute. Paraguayan midfielder V?ctor C?ceres latched on to a Sergio Garcia corner; his powerful downward header found the bottom left hand corner of the goal much to the delight of his teammates, the first half ended 2-0 to Al Rayyan.
Al Rayyan flew out of the blocks in the second half, and it only took them one minute to register their third goal of the match. Mohammed Jumma’s inch perfect cross fell to former Lekhwiya striker Sebastian Soria at the back post. The Qatari international wasted no time in smashing the ball into the net on the volley.
With the tie effectively over, Lekhwiya continued to press to grab a goal in the tie. However Al Rayyan remained resolute at the back, and scored two late goals in stoppage time to confirm their dominance over the soon to be former champions.
Ahmed Aladeen scored perhaps the goal of the tie when his chipped effort. The striker’s cross-come-shot sailed over Ivanildo Rodrigues, and into the back of the net much to the joy of the Al Rayyan faithful.
Sergio Garcia confirmed the rout just a moment later, capitalizing on a Lekhwiya defensive error smashing the ball past the hapless Rodrigues. Rayyan have a clear twenty point lead at the top of the QSL table, in what has been a memorable return to the Qatar Stars League for the Lions. Earlier, two goals in 10 minutes ensured that Al Sailiya registered a 2-1 victory over relegation threatened Al Kharaitiyat at Al Ahli stadium.
Goals from winter signing Carlos Preciado & Bahraini Fawzy Aiish gave Sailiya a deserved win, despite a late fightback from Al Kharaitiyat.
The first half was a relatively quiet one with few chances of note, however it was in the second half when the match came into its own.
On the 50th minute a Abdurahman al-Harazi played a fine through ball to striker Carlos Preciado who fired past the hapless Kharaitiyat keeper. That was the Colombian’s third goal since signing in Janaury, and celebrated his goal with an improvised dance.
Sailiya doubled their lead just 10 minutes later from the penalty spot. Bahraini international Fawzy Aiish slotted the ball away, for his tenth goal of the season. Who also celebrated with his own dance, much to the delight of striker partner Carlos Preciado.
Al Kharaitiyat fought back into the tie on the 69th minute, with Yahia Kebe. The Burkina Faso international swept in from close range after a good run from Issar Dia. However Sailiya held out the remainder of the tie, to grab all three points.
Meanwhile, Al Ahli registered their first win in four matches defeating Al Khor 2-0.A brace from midfielder Meshal Abdullah secured Youseff Adams first win as head coach for the side.
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