Wakrah fight back to shock Duhail 4-1
October 22 2021 12:31 AM
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Al Wakrah players celebrate after scoring a goal against Al Duhail during the QNB Stars League match
Al Wakrah players celebrate after scoring a goal against Al Duhail during the QNB Stars League match at the Al Wakrah Stadium on Thursday. PICTURE: Ramchand

By Sports Reporter

Al Wakrah stunned former champions Al Duhail 4-1 in the QNB Stars League at the Al Wakrah Stadium on Thursday. It was a brilliant fightback by Al Wakrah after Almoez Ali had put Al Duhail ahead in the 29th minute.
Jacinto Dala (45th and 69th minutes), Mohamed Benyettou (61st minute) and Hazem Shehata (88th minute) scored the goals for Al Wakrah.
Al Wakrah’s points tally swelled to eight following their second victory, while Al Duhail remained on 12 points after suffering their first defeat this season.
The Red Knights now trail by reigning champions lL Sadd by three points, with the latter having won all their six matches.
The game was postponed due to the health measures that prevented Al Duhail players from participating in training and matches, as many of them and technical staff were affected with the coronavirus (Covid-19).
The match was almost evenly fought and Al Wakrah matched their formidable rivals ball for ball.
After the first half ended goalless, Al Duhail started losing the plot past the hour mark as Al Wakrah scored thrice more in the space of 27 minutes.
As the match wore on, Al Wakrah took advantage of the defensive mistakes committed by Al Duhail players and relied
on counter-attacks to score those three goals.
Almoez gave Al Duhail the lead around the half hour with a placing shot off a cross from the right by Ismail Mohamed.
Al Wakrah had to wait for the equaliser
till the last minute of first half when Dala found the mark after playing a 1-2 with Benyettou.
Algerian forward Benyettou himself got into the scoring act by finishing off a fast move with a shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Mohammed al-Bakri.
It was Dala’s turn again to score and he produced an opportunistic strike to make it 3-1. Hazem rounded off the tally with a long-range rising shot towards the close of regular time.



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