By Sports Reporter/Doha
Al Khor continued their impressive start to 2017 with a comfortable 2-0 win over Al Kharaitiyat yesterday. The Knights dominated play for most part of the game and grabbed all three points thanks to goals in either half from Kuwaiti defender Sultan al-Enezi and attacker Babou Sidiki.
Jean Fernandez’s side made a dream start registering their opener in the sixth minute. Babou Sidiki sent a free kick into the box from the left side towards al-Enezi, who leaped up to meet the ball and guided the ball into the net to give his side an early lead.
Khor enjoyed the majority of the ball in the first half, and came close to doubling their lead five minutes from half time. Brazilian attacker Madison played a neat one-two pass with Mouhcine Iajour, who found himself one on one with the keeper but the Moroccan’s shot went straight at the keeper, Ahmed Sufyan, who rushed forward to make the save. Al Khor ended the first half with a slender 1-0 advantage.
Just five minutes into the second half Babou Sidiki tapped in the ball into the goal from close range to double his side’s lead.
The victory takes Al Khor’s tally up to 19 points, while Ahmad al-Ajlani’s team are in 11th spot with 15 points to their name.
Abdukholiqov helps Sailiya edge Umm Salal
A goal from January signing Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov gave Al Sailiya a 1-0 win over Umm Salal to give their survival chances a major boost.
The Peregrines were successful in breaching the Orange Fortress as they ended up winning the game by a solitary goal in the first half.
At the half hour point of the game, Hamad al-Obaidi made a fantastic run from the half line. The young Qatari made his way into the opponent’s box after flicking the ball through two defenders. He was fouled by Umm Salal defender Anderson Vieira inside the box and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.
Uzbek striker Abdukholiqov stepped up and duly slotted the penalty to the right of Baba Malick, who went the wrong way.
Overall, the match was a tactical battle with both sides trying to outsmart the other. Umm Salal managed four shots on target without a goal while Sailiya managed three shots at goal throughout the 90 minutes. With both sides having almost equal possession, only the first half goal separated the two teams.
The win gives Sami Trabelsi’s men a huge boost as they move out of the drop zone into ninth spot with 18 points. Umm Salal remain winless in three games and are sixth in the table with 20 points.
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