QNB Stars League Match Report — Al Rayyan 2 Qatar SC 0

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Al Rayyan, as expected, dominated Qatar SC and posted a 2-0 victory in the QNB Stars League Round 7 at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday.

Defender Mousa Haroun (43rd minute) and playmaker Rodrigo Tabata (61st) scored the goals.

Al Rayyan thus took their points tally to 18 with six wins from seven matches, while Qatar SC stood at three.

Al Rayyan created less chances despite enjoying more of the ball. Their first chance came in the 14th, but Tabata’s power-packed free-kick was blocked by Jassim Al Hail and the goalkeeper needed medical attention after falling to the ground in the process.

On the half-hour mark, Abderrazak Hamdallah missed a sitter when he failed to tap the ball home, with Tabata doing the spadework with a free-kick. Hamdallah was soon caught in an offside trap while receiving a through ball.

Qatar SC’s first genuine attempt at the Al Rayyan goal was made in the 40th. However, Ibrahim Jamal’s angular shot hit the side netting.

Meanwhile, Daniel Goumou replaced Under-23 player Ahmed Al Saadi in Al Rayyan’s midfield.

After coming close on a few occasions, Al Rayyan had to wait till the 43rd minute to open the scoring. Tall defender Haroun placed the ball home after Hamdallah set him up with a header off a Gonzalo Viera cross from the left.   

Al Rayyan reduced their pace on resumption and played a composed game. Qatar SC just could not match the rivals’ might despite trying hard. Ibrahim Jamal, the most enterprising among Qatar SC ranks, took another shot from outside the box, but in vain. Their defenders captain Mohammed Al Rabiei and Ali Jasemi did well in patches to restrict the likes of Hamdallah and Sebastian Soria, but Nigerian striker Michael Babatunde and Brazilian midfielder Bruno Freitas failed to fire yet again.

Al Rayon doubled the lead after Tabata curled his free-kick to the far corner of the net, leaving the opposing goalkeeper stranded. The free-kick was awarded after Jasem Ali felled Tabata off the ball just outside the box.    

Hamdallah and Al Rabiei were involved in a tussle following a corner kick and referee Abdulla Ali Athba had to flash the yellow card to both.

Qatar SC desperately tried hard towards the end, but the attempts were too weak to yield results.

After the break, Al Rayyan travel to Al Arabi on 19th November, while Qatar SC will host Al Khor.