Qatar Stars League Week 4

Al Arabi topple Al Sadd

Al Arabi’s young guns tamed mighty Al Sadd 2-1 in the fourth week of the Qatar Stars League. Al Arabi goalkeeper Rajab Hamza was outstanding and was rightly selected as the man of the match. His great performance helped Al Arabi remain unbeaten in the League.

Al Arabi, who previously stunned defending champions Al Gharafa, thus produced their second shock win in as many weeks. They missed Brazilian Everaldo Parreira from their line-up. His compatriot and coach Pericles Chamusca has had a dream start to his tenure in the Qatar Stars League.

Al Arabi took the lead in the 45th minute through Allam Khoki but Sadd equalised through Ivory Coast striker Kader Keita. Argentinian Leonardo Pisculichi, one of the few players from his country plying their trade in Qatar, scored the winner for Al Arabi in the 69th minute.

Al Gharafa continued their losing streak, this time to League leaders Qatar Sports Club (2-0). The men from the ‘yellow and black’ team dominated throughout. They went ahead through Brazilian Luis Marcinho in the 33rd and Fazal Omer in the 68th.

Al Rayyan, who started the League as title contenders, played out a dull 0-0 draw against Al Khor. Both teams had enough opportunities to score, but seemed to lose their nerve in front of the goalmouth. Rayyan sorely missed Brazilian playmaker Afonso Alves and it affected their attacks.

Lowly Al Sailiya held Umm Salal to a surprise 1-1 draw. Spaniard Gabri Garcia gave the Orange men the lead in the 57th minute, but Ali Mejbal cancelled out the advantage just 12 minutes later.

Lakhwiya, new entrants to the Qatar Stars League, displayed their strength with a clinical 4-1 dismantling of Al Wakra. Ivory Coast's Aruna Dindane shot them ahead in the 25th, but Mohammed Mudasser put Wakra back on even keel. Ivorian Bakri Kone scored in the 52nd and 60th while Damou Traore ended their rivals’ misery.

In a battle of the lowest-ranked teams, Al Kharaitiyat defeated Al Ahli 2-0.


Al Arabi 2 v Sadd 1
Al Rayyan 0 v Al Khor 0
Lakhwiya 4 v Al Wakra 1
Al Kharaitiyat 2 v Al Ahli 0
Umm Salal 1 v Al Sailiya 1

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