QNB Stars League — Week 10 Stars
The QNB Stars League’s Week 10 witnessed keen contests, exciting results and amazing individual performances. QSL Online highlights some of them.
Xavi Hernandez (Al Sadd)
Spanish star Xavi Hernandez literally led from the front as Al Sadd defeated Al Khor 3-2 at the Khalifa International Stadium, which hosted The Knights’ home game as part of testing and readiness strategy of the first 2022 FIFA World Cup venue to be completed. Xavi scored The Wolves’ first two goals before Jugurtha Hamroun’s penalty earned them valuable points.
Ahmed Alaaeldin (Al Gharafa)
Ahmed Alaaeldin netted the first goal for Al Gharafa, who pulled off a much-needed, come-from-behind victory over Al Arabi, who had surged ahead through Khalfan Ibrahim’s goal. Alaaeldin's effort proved to be a turning point for Al Gharafa. The victory did a world of good for The Cheetahs who took their points tally to 10 and jumped to seventh from ninth in the standings. It was also their second win this season.
Michael Babatunde (Qatar SC)
Nigerian striker Michael Babatunde gave struggling Qatar SC an early advantage during their game against Al Kharaitiyat. It was his third goal for The Kings in this season’s campaign. The hard-fought 3-2 victory finally enabled them to move off the bottom. They are now 10th with seven points as new coach Abdullah Mubarak, who replaced Gabriel Calderon, seemed to have instilled confidence in the players.
Rami Fayez (Umm Salal)
Left-back Rami Fayez had a good game as Umm Salal held high-flying Al Rayyan to a 1-1 draw. The result helped The Orange Fortress arrest a three-match slump that saw them lose twice and draw once. Rami excelled in defence as well as offence and their only goal, scored by Mohammed Sayed, came off his cross from the left. He also played a pivotal role in keeping the Al Rayyan attackers, especially Sebastian Soria and Rodrigo Tabata, at bay.
Youssef Msakni (Al Duhail)
Tunisian Youssef Msakni scored a goal to help leaders Al Duhail maintain their unbeaten run in the QNB Stars League. He found the target as early as the ninth minute in their 2-1 win over Al Markhiya. South Korean midfielder Nam Tae-Hee was the other scorer. Msakni has always been a consistent performer and is now donning the captain’s role to perfection. It was also his ninth league goal this season.
Yassine Chikhaoui (Al Ahli)
The Tunisian professional had a productive game during Al Ahli’s crucial victory over fourth-placed Al Sailiya. Chikhaoui gave the pass for their first goal scored by Mohammed Muntari soon after Valentin Lazar had given Al Sailiya the lead. The 2-1 verdict took Al Ahli to the sixth position from eighth with 11 points. It was also their third win.