QNB Stars League Round 6 Match Report — Al Duhail 1 Al Gharafa 1


Cheetahs hold Red Knights

Former champions Al Gharafa held Al Duhail to a gutsy 1-1 draw in the QNB Stars League at the Al Duhail Stadium on Saturday. The Red Knights still led the standings after Round 6 with 16 points, while Al Gharafa have six.

Youssef El Arabi opened the scoring for Al Duhail in the 25th minute, but Al Gharafa hit back through Amro Abdullfattah Seraj in the 56th.

Following a cagey start, star striker El Arabi produced a near-perfect header inside the Al Gharafa box, but his deflection from close range rebounded off the post, much to the dismay of Al Duhail camp. 

Al Gharafa’s seasoned goalkeeper Qassim Burhan was quick to pounce on the rebound in the 22nd minute. A minute later, Qatar international midfielder Luiz Martin Junior charged into The Cheetahs box, but his shot from close range narrowly missed the goalpost. 

El Arabi and Burhan exchanged blows once again and, this time, the former was not to be denied. South Korean striker Nam Tae-Hee, sweeping in from the right flank, found El Arabi with a slick low volley. El Arabi, just a few metres away from Burhan, found the net from close with a quick tap into the goal in the 25th minute. It was the Moroccan striker’s 11th goal of the season.

Al Gharafa produced the equaliser through Amro, who picked up a rebound off the crossbar following a powerful shot by Martin. Two minutes later, Nam produced a bullet from the edge of the box. However, his shot sailed past the goalpost, with Burhan well beaten.