QNB Stars League Week 12 — Al Rayyan 3 Al Khor 0


Rodrigo Tabata fired a brace as Al Rayyan beat Al Khor 3-0 in Week 12 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Sadd Stadium on Saturday. 

Mohsine Moutaouali opened the scoring in the 45th minute, but it was experienced Tabata’s (53rd-minute penalty and 56th) two slick goals that powered Al Rayyan to a convincing win. Tabata now has an overall tally of nine goals this season. 

Seven minutes into the game, Al Rayyan goalkeeper Omar Barry blocked Al Khor striker Yusuf Ali’s dangerous shot from inside the box in the game’s first real threatening move.

Striker Sebastian Soria then made a few attempts at the Al Khor goal, but could not be successful.

In the 37th minute, Al Rayyan’s South Korean import Myongin Koh charged through the Al Khor defence, but his low shot narrowly missed the goalpost even as keeper Baba Djibril was in no position to stop the ball.

Al Rayyan grabbed the lead in the dying seconds of the first half when Moutaouali made the most of a fumble by Al Khor’s Luciano Castan who lost the ball a few metres away from his own goalline. Moutaouali picked up the ball and flicked it into the net with ease. 

Luciano’s bad day continued when he handled the ball off a lob by Soria inside the Al Khor box. Tabata easily converted the resultant penalty.

Soon, the attacking midfielder added another following a cross from Juma Al Alawi.