QNB Stars League Week 14 — Al Sailiya 4 Al Markhiya 1
Al Sailiya responded to a recent difficult run with a comprehensive 4-1 victory against strugglers Al Markhiya in Week 14 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Ahli Stadium on Friday.
The goals came through George Semakor in the 33rd minute, Valentin Lazar (37th) and Wagner Ribeiro (66th and 87th).
Al Markhiya’s consolation goal was scored by Mohamed Salah in the 61st.
The Peregrines were rewarded with the opening goal from a corner when Semakor rose highest to plant a perfectly-executed header past the stranded opposition goalkeeper.
Before Al Markhiya had a chance to reorganise, they found themselves even further behind as Lazar raced on to a through ball down the right and beat the keeper with relative ease.
Any chance of a heroic comeback was effectively dashed when the referee sent off Ahaje Moustapha following a challenge in the centre of the field. New boy Leonardo de Souza had a chance to pull one back in the 55th, but he flashed his volley just over the bar from close range.
De Souza then made his mark when his pullback was converted by Salah to bring the away side back into the game. Any glimmer of hope soon faded as Lazar was brought down in the penalty area, with Wagner stepping up to convert the penalty.
Right at the death, it was Wagner again as he capitalised on a defensive error to lash home from 25 yards.
It was a much-needed victory for Al Sailiya who cemented their fourth position with 23 points, but it will be more of a concern now for Al Markhiya who are rooted to the bottom on eight points.