QNB Stars League — Round 7 Stars
The QNB Stars League’s Round 7 action too saw some outstanding individual performances, combined with high technical skills, that enabled the players’ teams to stand in good stead. They all tried their best to help their sides get positive results before the competition took a fortnight-long break.
The QSL Online features four such players.
Hassan Al Haydous (Al Sadd)
Hassan Al Haydous had a remarkable game, leading Al Sadd to a 2-1 win over hosts Al Ahli. The Qatar international forward did the spadework for The Wolves’ first goal scored by a prolific Baghdad Bounedjah. Al Haydous, running in from the midfield, spotted the Algerian striker on the left flank. He then netted the second by drilling in a low ball past Al Ahli goalkeeper Yazan Naim to help his team stay in title contention with victory.
Yousef Msakni (Al Duhail)
Al Duhail’s Tunisian star Yousef Msakni led from the front by playing the captain’s role to perfection. He was in tremendous form against hosts Al Khor, scoring two goals (in the 30th minute and first-half stoppage time) and setting up for their third scored by Luis Martin Junior. The 4-2 victory helped The Red Knights lead the QNB Stars League standings with 19 points. They thus put behind the disappointment of their draw with Al Gharafa in the previous round.
Muhannad Naim (Al Arabi)
Al Arabi goalkeeper Muhannad Naim had an outstanding game against Al Kharaitiyat at the Al Khor Stadium on Saturday. Though the match ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw for his team and resulted in Tunisian coach Qais Yaakoubi’s sacking, Naim was impressive, particularly in the first half, with a flurry of saves to deny the likes of Rachid Tiberkanine, Gounerou Mohy and Anwar Diba. He kept the Al Arabi citadel in tact until deep into stoppage time when Mohy’s dramatic, late equaliser secured the rivals a point.
Wagner Ribeiro (Al Sailiya)
Wagner Ribeiro is reaping the rewards for playing consistently so well right from the start of this season. His contribution last week proved more crucial as Al Sailiya rode on his double to down Umm Salal 3-2 in a game between equally-strong opponents. Al Sailiya leapfrogged Umm Salal into the top four in QNB Stars League standings with 15 points. The midfielder once again justified Tunisian coach Sami Trabelsi’s trust in him.