Qatar Sports Club on Sunday relied on a Mohsine Lajour brace to draw against Al Wakrah while Al Sailiyah stitched their fourth successive win with a 2-0 card against Al Arabi.
Hosts Qatar SC, who have picked up points from their last two clashes, on Sunday survived a scare to share Qatar Stars League (QSL) points with Al Wakrah at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium.
In the day’s other clash, Al Sailiyah saw influential striker Fawzi Mubarak Aaish produced two goals (45 and 86) in each of the halves. Al Sailiya now have a tally of 19 points from 13 games.
Fourth-placed Al Arabi, coached by Italian Gianfranco Zola, will have to return to the drawing board before their round 14 clash on December
22 against Al Wakrah.
Al Wakrah on Sunday had come into this match on the back of a gritty
1-0 win over Al Kharaitiyat and were the team that took an early lead.
In the ninth minute of the match, striker Sebastian Saez flicked on a great ball to Ahmed Fadel inside the box who was able to put it past the goalkeeper to give his team the lead.
But nine minutes later, Al Wakrah conceded the equalizer through a defensive gaffe inside the box.
Shaheen Ali sent a long cross into the box and Yajour, who had a free run into the box, calmly headed one in. Considering that Yajour is a key striker for Qatar SC, Al Wakrah defence should have been marking him more carefully.
The first half ended with the teams on par. The second half started with Al Wakrah getting a fortuitous goal.
Barely three minutes into the half, Wakrah’s Mohsine Moutaouali fired in a long cross but his shot deflected off Ismael Benamalem and nestled into the back of the net.
Qatar SC goalkeeper Mohamed Mubarak miscalculated his charge and found himself far off to the right in anticipation of the cross. Mubarak couldn’t get back in time to save the deflection.
Al Wakrah were ahead and would have felt the three points in their grasp. But then in the 57th minute, Al Wakrah skipper Ali Hussain Arhema conceded a penalty. Yajour made no mistake from the spot to score his second goal of the match.
Qatar SC then searched for the winner but couldn’t find it. They finished with 14 attempts in the match with five of them on target.
Al Wakrah could only manage nine shots with three of them on target.
This result means that Qatar SC have now registered back to back draws.
They are still second from bottom in the standings and in the relegation zone but the recent string of results will help boost the morale of the team.
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