Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020
18:30 kick-off at Al Sadd Stadium
Al Rayyan face Al Sadd in Week 10 of the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League. The kick-off is at 18:30 at the Al Sadd Stadium on Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020.
The match, dubbed as the Qatar Clasico, will be a humdinger of an encounter between the traditional rivals in Qatar football, on and off the field.
There could not have been a better advertisement of football in Qatar than the high-profile Qatar Clasico. This is a unique event that attracts the interests of all those who love the game, especially the players and fans of Al Rayyan and Al Sadd.
Last season’s runners-up Al Rayyan are currently sixth with 13 points. The Lions, who played out a 1-1 draw with Umm Salal in Week 9, have recorded three victories, four draws and two defeats to have a goal difference of +3 (11 goals for and eight against).
Al Rayyan, who contracted with eminent French coach Laurent Blanc, rely on players such as goalkeeper Fahad Younis, Mohammed Alaaeldin, Franck Kom, Dame Traore, Yacine Brahimi, Abdulaziz Hatem and Yohan Boli.
Table toppers Al Sadd (25 points) will not want any slip-up in their bid to regain the coveted league shield. The Wolves have eight victories, the most by any team, while they drew one match to be the only unbeaten side in the 12-team tournament so far.
Xavi Hernandez-coached Al Sadd had defeated Al Gharafa 4-1 in Week 9. They then triumphed in the Amir Cup final by defeating Al Arabi 2-1 at the newly-inaugurated Ahmed bin Ali 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium of Al Rayyan club on Qatar’s National Day on Friday.
Al Sadd, who have a goal difference of +27, have a group of consistent performers in goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham, Pedro Miguel, Abdelkarim Hassan, Jung Woo- Young, Hassan Al Haydous, Akram Afif, Baghdad Bounedjah, Santi Cazorla and Boualem Khoukhi among others.