QNB Stars League Round 4 - Al Gharafa 3 Al Khor 0
Al Gharafa put an end to their disappointing start to the season with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at home to Al Khor in the first QNB Stars League game played after the international break. Goals from Diogo Amado and Vladimir Weiss (double) were enough to secure the points for The Cheetahs while Al Khor goalkeeper Amin Lecomte will now be suspended after receiving a straight red card.
The match at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Saturday evening started off evenly, with the first real chance coming from Al Gharafa’s Othman Al Yahiri, whose speculative effort from distance was parried by Amin. Halfway through the first half, it was Amado, who gave the home side the lead after he neatly headed home a cross following some good attacking play by Yousuf Muftah.
With only 24 minutes on the clock, the game was effectively ended as a contest when Amin was given the marching orders for bringing down Moayad Fedaily just outside the box, leaving Al Khor to play the rest of the game with 10 men.
Vladimir Weiss doubled the advantage in the second half. After collecting a lofted through ball, he smartly rounded the goalkeeper and confidently fired home with two Al Khor defenders on the line. Less than 10 minutes later, the Slovak’s surging run from outside the area saw him taking on four rival defenders before firing low into the bottom left hand corner to seal the win.
Al Gharafa will be delighted with the win to get their turbulent season up and running, while The Knights will be disappointed and now look to next week’s home fixture against Al Markhiya.