By Sports Reporter Doha
Striker Mohamed Muntari led the charge with two goals as Al Duhail got the better of Al Wakrah 4-2 in a pulsating Week 4 match of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League at the Al Sadd Stadium yesterday.
Muntari scored in the 36th and 65th minutes. Ali Afif (24th minute) and Almoez Ali (90+1 penalty) were the other scorers for Al Duhail.
Mohamed Benyettou (third minute) and Ismail Mahmoud (49th minute) scored for Al Wakrah.
The victory helped Al Duhail get back to winning path after successive draws against Al Arabi and Al Rayyan (both 1-1 results). The Red Knights had beaten Qatar SC 2-1 in the first round. They took their points tally to eight and are back in strong contention for the title.
Al Wakrah thus crashed to their second defeat, having lost to Al Sadd 1-4 in Week 1. They had defeated Qatar SC and Al Shahania by an identical 2-0 margin.
In the earlier match, Al Rayyan marched to a deserving 2-0 victory against Al Khor at the Al Janoub Stadium yesterday.
The Lions’ marksmen were Franck Kom (66th minute) and Abdelaziz Hatem (75th minute).
It was Al Rayyan’s first victory, after three successive draws, and they now have six points, while Al Khor remained on four points.
A well-fought first half was largely dominated by Al Rayyan, with their superior attacking strengths on display. With neither side creating too much in the opening stages, it soon burst into life with Al Rayyan’s Yacine Brahimi nearly scoring as he collected a pass out wide and drove a fierce shot across the face of the goal which required a fine finger-tipped save from Rajab Hamza.
Despite such dominance, it was Al Khor who nearly took a surprise lead when Ahmed Hammoudan broke free of the Al Rayyan defence, lunged into the box and was stopped by some fine goalkeeping by Fahad Baker when in on goal.
So often on the back foot, Al Khor started the second half in blistering fashion and were unfortunate to have a goal ruled out by VAR within minutes of the restart. After chasing a long ball over the top, Tiago Bezerra was able to beautifully lob the goalkeeper from six yards out. However, VAR adjudged the player to have handled the ball as he controlled it.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 66th minute from a set piece taken short as Mowafak Awad whipped in a low cross from the right which Kom met with the faintest of touches to steer in at the back post. The frustration following the goal boiled over leading to Wagner receiving his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
With a one-man advantage Al Rayyan turned up the pressure and quickly secured their second goal of the night. Advancing down the left, Brahimi played the ball short to Abdelaziz Hatem who hit a sumptuous 25-yard, left-footed shot which swerved from left to right and struck the back of the net past a helpless goalkeeper.
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