QNB Stars League Week 9 Match Report — Al Kharaitiyat 1 Al Ahli 0


Al Kharaitiyat emerged as 1-0 winners against Al Ahli in a tightly-fought QNB Stars League Week 9 contest at the Al Khor Stadium on Saturday. The clash was decided by a penalty midway through the second half, enabling the home side to leap above their opponents in the standings.

The game started in an open fashion, with The Thunders having a flurry of early chances before Rashid Tiberkanine’s looping header from a free-kick was tipped just over by Yazin Husein.

Al Ahli came close in the 32nd minute as a 25-yard drive swerved marginally wide of the far post with the goalkeeper beaten. Al Kharaitiyat moved instantly on the counter through Rashid down the left that resulted in a shot being struck fiercely into the side netting.

Into the second half and Al Ahli should have taken the lead. However, Yassine Chikhaoui’s drive from close went wide. Only moments later, they were made to pay as Benson handled in the area and Al Kharaitiyat were awarded a penalty. Anwar Diba stepped up, but saw his shot was saved by the outstretched legs of the keeper. However, the defence failed to clear the ball and Sanjar Tursonov was on hand to place it in.

Some late pressure from Al Ahli nearly resulted in a goal on several occasions, but it was not to be and the home side held on for an important victory.