QNB Stars League Week 15 — Qatar SC 1 Al Sadd 3
Al Sadd continued to breathe down Al Duhail’s neck in the QNB Stars League title race with a 3-1 win over hosts Qatar SC in their Week 15 match on Saturday.
The Wolves are now on 37 points, two behind Al Duhail, whereas Qatar SC slipped from ninth to 10th as they stayed on 12 points.
Al Sadd thus braced for 8th February’s Qatar Clasico against Al Rayyan, who are placed third with 35 points.
Xavi Hernandez (24th), Hassan Ahmed (43rd) and Hamed Ismail (45+2) scored Al Sadd’s goals. Qatar SC had surged ahead as early as the third minute through Omar Al Emadi.
Omar found the mark taking advantage of confusion among the Al Sadd defenders, who had not even settled down.
Xavi equalised for Al Sadd with a well-taken free-kick that left goalkeeper Jassim Al Hail and defender Ibrahim Gamal rooted on the goalline. The execution reflected Xavi’s experience and expertise.
Qatar SC fought a spirited battle in the first half even though Al Sadd enjoyed more possession. The Kings missed injured Brazilian striker Patrick Fabiano and Ali Jassemi and, understandably, their attack lacked teeth.
Chilean midfielder Luis Jimenez, making his debut for Qatar SC after captaining Al Gharafa in the first phase of league campaign, came close to scoring after 39 minutes just before Hassan Al Haydous’ shot was collected by Al Hail.
The Qatar SC defence fell flat close to half-time when Hassan Ahmed gave a nice finish to Abdelkarim Hassan’s dipping cross from the left.
They conceded for one more time as Hamed’s lob from far right landed in the goal over the head of Al Hail.
The game’s pace slowed down in the second half and Al Sadd soon earned a penalty, only to see Haydous’ kick being blocked by Al Hail, who had a good day below the bar.
Xavi held the Al Sadd midfield together. As the match wore on, Ali Asad came up with a volley that was parried by Al Hail. And Jesualdo Ferreira’s men held firm to register yet another victory.