QNB Stars League Week 18 — Al Duhail 4 Al Khor 0
Al Duhail scripted yet another big victory, this time 4-0 against Al Khor in Week 18 of the QNB Stars League in front of home fans on Saturday.
Ismail Mohammed (24th minute), Youssef El Arabi (30th-min penalty), Youssef Msakny (34th) and Murad Naji (53rd) scored the goals as Al Duhail moved on to 48 points and a further step closer to the title. Al Khor stayed on 15 points.
The penalty was awarded when Al Khor defender Ahmed Al Nehawi fouled Msakni inside the box.
El Arabi took his tally to 22 goals and Msakny 19 in the top scorers’ chart.
Al Duhail showed no signs of fatigue after their victory over the UAE’s Al Wahda in the AFC Champions League in midweek and continued from where they left off.
Al Duhail dominated throughout and the first half ended with The Red Knights having 75 per cent of the ball. They scored three times during that time.
The first goal came through an opportunistic strike by Ismail. After El Arabi converted the penalty, Msakny found the net after he latched on to a long through ball.
Al Khor, without their key player Madson, had a good chance to reduce the margin at the stroke of half-time whistle, but substitute Yousef Ahmed skied the ball from close.
Al Duhail had 71 per cent of possession at full time. Such was their assertion on the match that Al Khor simply found themselves at the receiving end.
Murad found the back of the net with an angular long-ranger. Al Duhail almost scored their fifth only to see Abdulrahman Mohammed’s shot being saved by rival goalkeeper Gheith Jumah.