QNB Stars League Week 14 — Al Duhail 3 Al Rayyan 3
Al Rayyan waged a spirited battle from being two goals down inside of 15 minutes to share spoils with leaders Al Duhail following a thrilling 3-3 draw in the marquee clash of QNB Stars League’s Week 14 on Saturday.
Karim Boudiaf (third minute), Dame Traore (15th), and Nam Tae-Hee (63rd) were Al Duhail’s scorers, while Sebastian Soria (25th) and Abderrazzaq Hamdallah (28th and 43rd-min penalty) scored for Al Rayyan.
Hamdallah took his tally to 11 goals this season, whereas Soria and Nam are each on eight.
Al Duhail moved to 36 points and Al Rayyan stayed third, behind Al Sadd, on 32.
In front of a loudly-cheering sizeable number of fans, hosts Al Duhail seized the early advantage in the fast-paced, high-stake encounter between the QNB Stars League’s top teams through headed goals by Boudiaf and Traore.
Boudiaf rose above the rival players and made good advantage of his height to open the floodgates.
Al Rayyan soon got a chance to equalise, but The Red Knights goalkeeper Amine Lecomte palmed away Rodrigo Tabata’s free-kick, awarded when Traore fouled him.
Traore’s goal came off a free-kick that was first headed by captain Youssef Msakni.
Soria reduced the margin for Al Rayyan through a long-range angular shot, capitalising on a defensive mistake. Hamdallah helped them draw parity when the rival defenders were all out of their positions, perhaps in a bid to score more goals and close the game. Defender Mohammed Moosa did his best to prevent him from scoring, in vain.
Al Rayyan then had a couple of close calls when the efforts of Boudiaf and Youssef El Arabi went narrowly wide.
Close to half-time, The Lions went ahead as Hamdallah converted a penalty, awarded when South Korean midfielder Koh Myong-Jin was felled in the area by Moosa.
Al Rayyan started the second half with a bang, with Soria missing the mark by a whisker off a Mohammed Alaaeldin cross from the right. At the other end, keeper Omar Barry came up with a timely save to deny Nam, who then missed a sitter.
The South Korean playmaker was not to be denied for long as he tapped the ball in after Murad Naji did the spadework along the right flank.
Both sides had chances towards the end. However, the stalemate continued.