QNB Stars League Week 18 — Al Arabi 2 Al Kharaitiyat 1
Al Arabi secured an invaluable 2-1 victory at home to Al Kharaitiyat in Week 18 of the QNB Stars League on Friday.
Al Arabi’s goals were scored by Khalfan Ibrahim in the 41st minute and Mohamed Al Hamed in the 84th, while Mahmoud Abdelhalim pulled one back for Al Kharaitiyat in the 88th.
As was expected with two teams competing at the wrong end of the table, the match was full of tension with little between the sides in the opening stages.
Khalfan came closest after a mazy dribble into the area, but his shot was not strong enough to beat the keeper. The mercurial player was not to be denied when Diego Jardel was fouled outside the area prior to half-time. His precise free-kick looped over the wall and past the helpless opposition keeper to open the scoring.
Al Kharaitiyat came into the second half with much more venom and were almost rewarded when Al Arabi defender Ivan Fuster nearly headed into his own net.
Khalfan though was putting in a man-of-the-match performance and nearly doubled the lead late on with a carbon copy free-kick, only to see it drift wide of the upright. The result was sealed in the 84th in extraordinary fashion, thanks to the predatory instinct of substitute Al Hamed. Having beaten the offside trap near the halfway line, he chased the ball down and chipped it in past the goalkeeper from 30 yards to spark mass celebrations.
Abdelhalim grabbed a consolation at the end of the game, but it was not enough to prevent Al Arabi from securing all three points to take their tally to 15.