Sha­ha­nia, Ahli win, Al Khor hold Al Rayyan

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Al Sha­ha­nia de­feated Al Sailiya 1-0, Al Khor played out a 2-2 draw with Al Rayyan and Al Ahli blanked Al Sadd 3-0 in the QSL Cup fifth round Group B matches yesterday. Rayyan, Al Khor, Al Ahli and Al Sadd had already reached the quar­ter-fi­nals after the Round 4 ac­tion.

Rayyan thus topped the group with 13 points, fol­lowed by Al Khor (11), Al Ahli (nine), Al Sadd (five), Al Sha­ha­nia (three) and Al Sailiya (one).

The first-four teams from each group ad­vanced to the quar­ter-fi­nals, where the win­ners of Group A face fourth-placed team of Group B. The other quar­ter-fi­nals will be second-placed team of Group A vs third-placed team of Group B, third­placed team of Group A vs second-placed team of Group B and fourth-placed team of Group A vs win­ners of Group B.

AL SAILIYA 0 AL SHA­HA­NIA 1

Al Sha­ha­nia stole the points with a toughly-fought 1-0 vic­tory away to Al Sailiya at the Al Duhail Sta­dium. The goal was scored by Ay­oub Man­sour in the 72nd minute. This was a game of very few chances as both teams bat­tled for pos­ses­sion and in­flu­ence through­out the match. Al Sailiya came close as Me­shaal al-Sham­mari drove for­ward be­fore un­leash­ing a pow­er­ful shot from 30 yards which missed the goal by a frac­tion, with the goal­keeper stranded.

The dead­lock was bro­ken when Ay­oub con­verted Ab­dul­rah­man al-Jael’s lay­off fol­low­ing a pe­riod of in­tense pres­sure.

Al Sailiya nearly got an im­me­di­ate re­ply as Mo­hamed Ra­jab struck an­other lon­grange ef­fort that once again missed the tar­get by the nar­row­est of mar­gins.

AL KHOR 2 AL RAYYAN 2

Al Rayyan grabbed a late equaliser to share the spoils with Al Khor in an en­ter­tain­ing 2-2 draw at the Al Ahli Sta­dium. Al Khor’s goals came through Ahmed al-Mo­han­nadi in the 26th and 69th min­utes, while Se­bas­tian So­ria (44th) and Lucca Borges (88th min­utes) scored for Al Rayyan. The first goal came after a blis­ter­ing start in which Al Rayyan had a cou­ple of good chances, but it was Al Khor who broke the dead­lock. Al-Mo­han­nadi raced on to a de­fence-split­ting through ball and con­fi­dently planted his shot past goal­keeper Fa­had Baker.

With the half com­ing to an end, So­ria got Al Rayyan on the score sheet when he tapped home from Lucca’s ath­let­i­cal­ly­di­verted pass from the left by-line.

Al-Mo­han­nadi was on hand again later on as he re­acted quick­est to a ball that dropped in the box and struck home with his second touch. With the game draw­ing to a close and Al Khor set for all three points, a lovely team move was enough to help se­cure a point for Al Rayyan. Ab­dul­rah­man al-Harazi played a neat ex­change with Lucca whose fierce shot was too good for the goal­keeper to save.

AL AHLI 3 AL SADD 0

Al Ahli dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion right through­out and se­cured a con­vinc­ing 3-0 vic­tory over Al Sadd at the Al Ahli Sta­dium. Moh­sine al-Yazidi (14th minute), Mo­hammed Mun­tari (26th) and Ali Fery­doon (90th) were on tar­get for Al Ahli, who had 62 per cent ball pos­ses­sion. Al Ahli forced seven cor­ner kicks as against Al Sadd’s one. Al Sadd had a good chance to pull one back in the second half, but three at­tempts by their play­ers in one go went in vain. First, goal­keeper Ivanildo Ro­drigues blocked Saoud Ibrahim’s shot. Then, Rami So­hail struck the re­bound against the right up­right. Me­shaal Ibrahim at­tempted again, but Ivanildo had re­gained his po­si­tion by then and came to his team’s res­cue.

QATAR SC 2 AL DUHAIL 1

Qatar SC reg­is­tered a 2-1 win over Al Duhail in the Group A match at the Al Gharafa Sta­dium. Ali Said (eighth minute) and Khalid Mah­moudi (42nd) scored the goals for Qatar SC. Paolo Ed­mil­son pulled one back for Al Duhail in the 84th minute.

The match was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Thurs­day, but was resched­uled for yesterday at the re­quest of Al Duhail and with the ap­proval of Qatar SC be­cause of the pres­sure on Un­der-23 play­ers as well as the pres­ence of a large num­ber of play­ers in the Qatar national team and Olympic team.

Qatar SC (11 points), Al Gharafa (nine), Al Duhail (eight) and Al Kharaitiyat (six) pro­gressed to the quar­ter-fi­nals from the group. Umm Salal and Al Arabi fin­ished with five and one points re­spec­tively.

The first-four teams from each group ad­vanced to the quar­ter-fi­nals, where the win­ners of Group A face fourth-placed team of Group B.

The other quar­ter-fi­nals will be second-placed team of Group A vs third­placed team of Group B, third-placed team of Group A vs second-placed team of Group B and fourth-placed team of Group A vs win­ners of Group B. It was Qatar SC’s third vic­tory in the tour­na­ment, the most num­ber of wins in Group A. They took the half-time break with a two-goal cush­ion.

The game looked like end­ing with the same score­line un­til sub­sti­tute Brazil­ian striker Ed­mil­son, who re­placed Mo­roc­can spear­head Yousef El Arabi at the start of second half, scored late.

Al Rayyan grabbed a late equaliser to share the spoils with Al Khor in an en­ter­tain­ing 2-2 draw at the QSL Cup.

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