QNB Stars League Round 8 Match Report — Al Sadd 4 Umm Salal 1


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Al Sadd picked up three points following a fighting 4-1 win over Umm Salal in Round 8 of the QNB Stars League on Sunday. The Wolves’ seventh win took their points tally to 21. They also moved from third to second position in the table on better goal difference than Al Rayyan, who also won on the day, against Al Arabi.

Playing on home soil, Al Sadd were in deficit as early as the ninth minute through Jugurtha Hamroun’s own goal. The Algerian midfielder, in an attempt to clear the ball with a header, ended up deflecting it into his own net after being chased by Umm Salal’s Omar Yahya.

However, goals by captain Xavi Hernandez (39th), striker Baghdad Bounedjah (52th-min penalty) and Morteza Mohammed (84th) lifted their spirits.

Umm Salal goalkeeper Basel Zaidan unfortunately got on the scoresheet following an own goal a minute before the final whistle.  

Xavi curled in a David Backham-style free-kick into the Umm Salal net to restore parity. It was the Spaniard’s third goal of the season. 

Then, it was the turn of Bounedjah to easily convert from the spot to make it 2-1. 

Six minutes from time, Xavi provided Morteza with a long ball to head home with a well-timed deflection from close range.

Towards the end, Jugurtha fired a bullet from the edge of the Umm Salal box. The shot rebounded off the crossbar, but the ball went into the net after getting nudged back by Zaidan.

Al Sadd next take on Al Duhail, while Umm Salal play Qatar SC.