QNB Stars League Week 18 — Umm Salal 1 Al Sailiya 0
Umm Salal jumped above their QNB Stars League rivals Al Sailiya, thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 victory at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Friday. Ivorian striker Yannick Sagbo found the net in the 33rd minute.
This was a tussle in the race for the fourth place and Al Sailiya had the brightest start, with Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov neatly controlling a pass before firing narrowly over from distance.
It was Umm Salal who scored first after Adil Rhaili was cynically brought down by Mostafa Abdelhamid 25 yards from the goal. Sagbo stepped up with confidence, struck the ball around the wall and into the top right corner.
Not long after the restart, Wagner Ribeiro nearly equalised in similar fashion. His free-kick was cutely struck across the face of the goal, but travelled marginally wide of the post.
Maher Yousef would have felt he doubled the lead with a header. But frustratingly for the Orange Fortress, he could not keep his shot inside the post.
The home side were able to hold on for victory and move to the fourth position on 27 points, while Al Sailiya remained on 25 points.