Al Duhail bounce back in style to beat Khor

Gulf Times - Gulf Times Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By Sports Re­porter

Al Duhail pro­duced a stun­ning come­back, ral­ly­ing from a twogoal deficit to beat Al Khor 3-2 in Week 10 of the 201920 QNB Stars League at the Al Khor Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Ab­dulla Mo­raisi (17th minute) and Ahmed Ham­moudan (29th minute) put Al Khor ahead, but Al Duhail replied through Mo­hamed Mun­tari’s brace (43rd and 57th min­utes) and Yousef Msakni (66th).

Any ideas of an easy win for the league lead­ers were quickly put to bed when Al Khor sur­prised them with an early goal on the counter-at­tack. Thi­ago Bez­erra drifted past two mark­ers down the right-hand side be­fore lay­ing off a per­fect pass for Mo­raisi to ex­cel­lently side-foot home from 10 yards out.

The lead was quickly dou­bled when Bez­erra again chased down a long ball over the top be­fore find­ing Ham­moudan with a well­weighted pass across the box and the marks­man calmly slot­ted past Amine Le­comte.

Ham­moudan should have put his side three goals up, and fin­ished the match, when he rounded the keeper shortly af­ter, but Amine made a su­perb re­cov­ery to block the striker’s shot.

This proved to be a costly op­por­tu­nity missed as Al Duhail were not to be de­nied for long and soon got on the score­sheet. Paulo Ed­mil­son whipped in an out-swing­ing corner from the right and Mun­tari rose high­est to power a header low into the corner of the goal to bring the scores level at the break.

Al Duhail were able to quickly get back on level terms when they were awarded a penalty for a hand­ball early in the sec­ond half and Mun­tari stepped up to con­vert the spot kick.

The turn­around was com­pleted in the 66th minute when Msakni was quick­est to re­act to a ball in the box, skipped past his marker and fired a hard shot across the face of the goal and into the net to com­plete the scor­ing.

Ear­lier, Al Wakrah also came from be­hind to se­cure three points with a 2-1 vic­tory against Al Ahli. Al Wakrah’s goals were scored by Ali Karami in the 52nd minute and Mo­hamed Benyet­tou in the 88th minute. Al Ahli had taken the lead in the 16th minute through Na­bil El Zahr.

Al Ahli had started in a pos­i­tive style, with an early dom­i­nance pro­vid­ing early re­wards. Al-Zahr ad­vanced in­side the box, cut in­side Mo­hamed al-Bay­ati be­fore un­leash­ing an un­stop­pable drive that flew straight past the goal­keeper.

Al Wakrah re­sponded well and were carv­ing out chances through­out the half that ought to have yielded an equaliser.

First, Khalid Mazeed, who was in good form, found Me­shaal Ab­dulla with a won­der­ful through ball, but the for­ward screwed his shot marginally wide.

Next up was Benyet­tou whose trick­ery al­lowed him space to shoot in the area, but his welldirect­ed shot was tipped wide of the post.

The goal did fi­nally come early in the sec­ond half, mo­ments af­ter they had a penalty ap­peal turned down. Karami picked up the ball out­side the penalty area and struck a shot across the face of the goal, evad­ing Ivanildo Ro­drigues in goal and find­ing the back of the net.

Al Duhail’s Yousef Msakni is hoisted by a team­mate af­ter he scored against Al Khor yes­ter­day.

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