Bouned­jah sets new league record in Al Sadd’s big win

Al­ge­rian be­comes the all-time top scorer in a sin­gle sea­son in Qatar, beat­ing Brazil­ian Cle­mer­son’s mark of 27 goals

Gulf Times Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By Sports Re­porter

Bagh­dad Bouned­jah be­came the Qatar league’s all-time top scorer in a sin­gle sea­son af­ter his brace helped Al Sadd thrash Al Sha­ha­nia 4-1 yesterday.

The vic­tory also helped the Wolves close the gap on Al Duhail to just one point af­ter the lead­ers stum­bled to a 1-1 draw against 10th-placed Qatar Sports Club.

Bouned­jah, who was the top scorer in the AFC Cham­pi­ons League, struck in the 50th and 76th min­utes, while Has­san alHay­dos also recorded a dou­ble as Al Sadd reached 35 points from 14 matches, just one be­hind Al Duhail.

Al­ge­rian in­ter­na­tional Bouned­jah thus took his per­sonal tally to 28, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 27 set by Brazil­ian Cle­mer­son Soares for Al Gharafa dur­ing the 2007-08 sea­son.

As ex­pected, Al Sadd dom­i­nated possession and scripted more op­por­tu­ni­ties, sub­stan­ti­ated by 63 per cent of ball possession by them at half-time. In­ter­est­ingly, they main­tained the same per­cent­age at the end of the game.

Af­ter Al Sha­ha­nia’s Kesse Aman­guoa was thwarted by Al Sadd goal­keeper Saad al-Dosari, Bouned­jah missed a sit­ter, with ri­val goal­keeper Amer al-Amri par­ry­ing the ball with his leg.

Al-Hay­dous opened the scor­ing in the 23rd minute by slot­ting home a re­bound af­ter Akram Afif failed at­tempt at the goal.

Al Sha­ha­nia were in no mood to give up, even though they had to play sec­ond fid­dle to their for­mi­da­ble op­po­nents in the sec­ond half, and drew par­ity as Lu­ciano sent the ball in off a cross from the left by Kesse in the 42nd minute.

Al Sadd fired in three more goals af­ter re­sump­tion, with Bouned­jah be­ing on tar­get twice, to sur­pass Cle­mer­son.

Ear­lier, Duhail recorded their third draw when they were held 1-1 by Qatar Sports Club.

Osama Omari had put Qatar SC ahead in the 22nd minute, but af­ter a great deal of huff­ing and puff­ing Mu­rad Naji saved Duhail’s blushes with a 75th minute strike to help his team grab a point.

The re­turn of Cameroo­nian star Sa­muel Eto’o strength­ened Qatar SC’s at­tack with Osama and Hus­sein Ali con­tribut­ing to the team’s cause.

Al Duhail con­tin­ued to miss South Korean mid­fielder Nam Tae-Hee, who was in­jured while do­ing na­tional duty for his na­tive South Korea dur­ing the last in­ter­na­tional break.

Qatar SC matched Al Duhail move by move and even shocked the hosts by tak­ing the lead.

Goal­keeper Khal­ifa Aboobacker com­pletely mis­judged the flight of the ball af­ter Osama took the free-kick from the left. Nei­ther did the de­fend­ers do any­thing about it. The free-kick was awarded when Al Duhail de­fender Mu­rad Naji ‘han­dled’ the ball.

Al Duhail cre­ated more chances, but noth­ing too strong that could give them a goal. Paolo Ed­mil­son tried to split open the Qatar SC de­fence. So did Yousef El Arabi and Al­moez Ali, all in vain.

The clos­est Al Duhail came to scor­ing in the first half was when Ali Afif sent a first-time vol­ley over the bar off a cross by Ed­mil­son from the right.

Al Duhail started the sec­ond half by re­plac­ing Luis Martin with Un­der-23 player Hazem Ahmed. Hazem im­me­di­ately made his mark by mov­ing for­ward and that re­sulted in a col­li­sion in­volv­ing him and Qatar SC goal­keeper Jas­sim al-Hail.

Mu­rad then came up with a long-ranger that went just wide on the hour mark. How­ever, the right-back was not to be de­nied as he struck the equaliser for Al Duhail.

In­deed, Mu­rad made amends for the of­fence he com­mit­ted that led to Qatar SC’s goal in sim­i­lar fash­ion as he sent in a free-kick past the out­stretched hands of Al Hail.

Al Duhail in­ten­si­fied their ef­forts as the game wore on, but could not find the win­ner.

Al Sadd’s Bagh­dad Bouned­jah ex­ults af­ter scor­ing against Sha­ha­nia yesterday.

Mu­rad Naji cel­e­brates equal­is­ing for Al Duhail against Qatar SC.

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