QSL Cup Round 3 — Group A Match Reports
In the QSL Cup Round 3 Group A action on Wednesday, Al Khor beat Al Sailiya 2-1 while Al Kharaitiyat and Al Duhail shared the spoils following an eight-goal thriller. Meanwhile, Al Gharafa celebrated a 2-1 win over Qatar SC.
Al Khor 2 Al Sailiya 1
The day’s proceedings kicked off at the Al Gharafa Stadium at a fast pace and it was Al Sailiya who opened the scoring through Sayyaf Al Korbi in the ninth minute. Al Khor found the equaliser through Ali Abdulkareem in the 22nd.
Three minutes later, Abdulkareem was at it again as the Al Khor camp celebrated the goal with their trademark bow to the fans.
Despite making feisty attacks in the second half, Al Sailiya failed to get the equaliser. It was Al Khor’s first win in three matches.
Al Kharaitiyat 4 Al Duhail 4
Al Kharaitiyat opened the scoring through Rachid Tiberkanine in just the sixth minute at the Al Shamal Stadium. Rachid, stationed inside the box, cleverly headed home a curling cross from Sanjar Tursunov.
Al Duhail equalised in the 10th when Nasser Al Khalfan found the back of the net. Some 15 minutes later, Anwar Diba put Al Kharaitiyat ahead again when he produced a curling free-kick that smashed into the net in spectacular fashion.
Rabeh Yahia drew parity for Al Duhail in the 38th by tapping home a corner kick. He found another goal in the 59th as Al Duhail took the lead for the first time.
Mohammed Moosa made the score 4-2 in the 70th, but Abdulla Al Kuwari (72nd) and Amin (74th) came to Al Kharaitiyat’s rescue.
Al Gharafa 2 Qatar SC 1
The fast-paced game was a thriller in the first 20 minutes. However, the scene turned sour for Qatar SC fans when Bruno Gallo ended up scoring an own goal in the 25th at the Al Wakrah Stadium.
Ali Jassemi, however, lifted the gloom in Qatar SC camp in the 36th. After receiving the pass from the flank, he fired home from the edge of the box.
Three minutes from half-time whistle, Al Gharafa’s Othman Alawi charged into the box, but his bullet from close narrowly missed the target. They were not to be denied as Mohammad Ismail struck in the 84th.
It was Al Gharafa’s third successive win in the tournament.