El Jaish looking to ‘RHR’ ahead of Al Arabi match
March 08 2016 10:21 PM
El Jaish’s Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah (R) in action during a Qatar Stars League match.

By Sports Reporter/Doha

El Jaish take on Al Arabi on Friday evening at Lekhwiya stadium, knowing that a victory will further strengthen their grip on the top four places. Jaish are currently second in the Qatar Stars League, and could be in line for their highest ever finish in the QSL.
Central to the solders rise this season has been the attacking trio of Romarinho, Sardor Rashidov and Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah. Who have collectively had a say in 34 of El Jaish’s 41 goals in the league so far this season. The influencial trio has had their say in 82% of Jaish goals so far, QSL online to look at El Jaish’s ‘RHR’.  
Romarinho joined El Jaish in the summer of 2014 from Corinthians and quickly established himself as a key player in Sabri Lamouchi’s side. Romarinho hit the ground running at Jaish, and bagged an impressive 16 goals in 24 starts in his debut season. The Brazilian striker has been utilized on the right wing for most of the season, cutting in and linking up with his strike partners to often devastating effect.
Striker Abderrazak Hamdallah was recruited this season, and boasts an impressive goal scoring record in stints in Norway and China. Twenty five goals in thirty two starts for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F was enough to convince the El Jaish management to pay big money for the services of the Moroccan international striker.  
The move has been an unequivocal success for both player and team. So far he has racked up sixteen goals in just eighteen starts in the Qatar Stars League. He is currently in second spot for the QSL top scorer award. The attacker has a poacher’s instinct along with plenty of composure in front of goal, which has led to such a high tally of goals in this his first season with El Jaish.
Uzbekistan international Sardor Rashidov was also recruited in the summer, the left winger comes highly rated in his homeland. In QSL he certainly hit the ground running, scoring a fine solo effort against Al Sailiya on his debut.
So far Rashidov has scored nine goals for his side along with five assists for his team mates. This mixture of goals and assists has been crucial in consolidating El Jaish’s dominance both domestically and in the AFC Champions League.
El Jaish will be hoping their attacking trio of RHR will be on fine form when they entertain Al Arabi on Friday evening.

5 Things we learnt in round 21 of the QSL
Rayyan deserved champions

Finally, after talking about the quality of Al Rayyan for the whole of the 2015/2016 season, the Lions got their hands on the coveted QSL falcon shied. Jorge Fossati’s side did it in some style comprehensively beating Al Wakrah 5-0 at Al Sadd stadium.
Thousands of passionate Al Rayyan fans joined the team in celebrating the trophy win for the first time since the 1994/1995 season. Afterwards the squad toured around Doha in an open-top bus and revelled in their first falcon shield. Rayyan have broken records seemingly on a weekly basis this season. Al Rayyan will now have to focus up for the remainder of the domestic season, and prepare themselves for the Qatar & Emir cup competitions.

Al Khor take a big leap to QSL safety
Al Khor’s round 21 clash against Qatar SC was billed as a relegation six pointer for both sides. Two seasoned coaches in Jean Fernandez and Sebastaio Lazaroni faced off in an interesting tactical contest. However it was Al Khor who ran out deserved winners with a 3-1 victory. Three goals in the first half from Brazilian trio Julio Cesar, Marco Antonio & Madson were enough for the knights to seal all three points.
The vital win did come at a cost for Khor, as it was confirmed that striker Julio Cesar could be out for the next few weeks with a hamstring strain. However this win has lifted Khor five points away from the drop-zone.

Bagdad Debut for Sadd
Al Sadd fans where given a big boost on Monday evening, when winter signing Bagdad Bounjah made his long awaited debut for the Wolves. The Algerian international has been out of action for nearly 4 months with an injury, so coming on for the final twenty minutes is a major lift for Jesaldo Ferrerias side.
Bounjah could not help his side register the win, after drawing 1-1 with Al Gharafa. However his timely return means that Al Sadd has some extra fire-power going into the last games of the season, along with the Qatar & Emir cup competitions.  

First point of the year for Meisameer
QSL’s bottom side registered a moral boosting point against El Jaish in round 21. The flames have been rooted to the bottom of the league all season, and are set to be relegated to the Qatar Gas League. Many people wouldn’t have given them much of a chance on Sunday evening when they faced high-flying El Jaish, fresh from a big win in the AFC champions league.
However Rodion Gacanin’s side came from behind and equalized through a cheeky chipped penalty from midfielder Wajdi Bouazzi. Afterwards Jaish pushed hard for a winner with Abderrazak Hamdallah missing a host of chances. Yet Meisameer where not be denied their point with keeper Mohammed Ghanem pulling of a host of saves to give the Flames their first point of 2016.

Race for the Qatar Cup is still on
The battle for the top four places is heating up in the QSL. Al Sadd currently occupies the fourth place and have a four point cushion over Umm Salal.
Despite this the chasing teams of Umm Salal & Sailiya enjoyed positive results in round 21. Umm Salal came from behind to secure a vital point against Lekhwiya whilst Sailiya ran out 2-1 winners against Al Ahli. Both sides will be hoping that Sadd will slip up in the next few weeks to set up a grandstand finsh in the race to the Qatar Cup places.

Last updated: March 08 2016 10:44 PM

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