Qatar Stars League Week 3

Al Khor are giant killers

Al Khor turned giant killers by beating Al Sadd 3-1 at home. The men in blue were a better side against the much more fancied Al Sadd.

Al Sadd, or the Wolves, as they are popularly known, has big ambitions in the Qatar League. But they will have to urgently pull up their socks if those plans are to succeed. They played a pathetic game against Al Khor and their famed attacking line-up failed to deliver.

Al Khor took the lead in the 38th minute through their Brazilian striker Alan Bahia. However Al Sadd hit back through Qatar international Hassan Al Haidous in the 58th minute. But the Al Khor players never stopped attacking and that was the key to their success. Bakhit Hadi Al Marri (89th) and Sellani Ribeiro (90th) scored through great moves to seal a sensational victory.

Al Arabi got the better of Qatar Stars League champions Al Gharafa with an emphatic 3-1 win. Al Arabi, one of the most impressive sides in the tournament this year, fully lived up to their billing of title favourites. They went ahead 2-0 through Abdulaziz Al Sulaiti in the 9th and 51st minutes.

However a silly defensive error cost them dear. Mousa Haroun, in attempt to clear the ball, accidentally hit it into his own post. But the last nail in Al Gharafa’s coffin was driven in when Ibrahim Al Ghanim got red-carded for a dangerous tackle on Al Arabi’s midfield maestro Leonardo Pisculichi in the 79th minute. He made no mistakes from the spot to earn his team another famous win.

Qatar Sports Club earned a hard fought 2-1 victory over last year’s AFC Champions League semi-finalists Umm Salal. Qatar thus remained unbeaten in the League. Umm Salal’s Dutch coach Henk Ten Cate is yet to deliver on his promise of an attacking-minded team. They made far too many errors and easily gave away possession.

Qatar SC’s Iraqi player Qusai Munir opened the proceedings in the 37th minute, but Umm Salal hit back through Brazilian Davi Jose in the 64th. However Qatar’s Ivory Coast star Dibi Lacina bided his time and finished the game in the 75th minute.

In other matches, Al Rayyan defeated Al Wakra 3-0. Newcomers Lekhwiya, one of the most formidable sides in the Qatar Stars League this season, fought hard to win over Al Kharaitiyat 2-1.In a battle between two bottom-placed teams, Al Sailiya defeated Al Ahli 2-1. As a direct result of the defeat, Al Ahli terminated the services of Serbian coach Ilija Petkovic.


Al Khor 3 Al Sadd 1
Al Arabi 2 Al Gharafa 1
Qatar SC 2 Umm Salal 1
Al Rayyan 3 Al Wakra 0
Lekhwiya 2 Al Kharaitiyat 1
Al Sailiya 2 Al Ahli 1

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