QSL Cup - Wrap of Wednesday's matches
Newcomers Al Markhiya on Wednesday upset Al Sadd 2-0 while Al Rayyan beat Al Ahli with a similar score line in their QSL Cup opening matches.
In the third match of the day, Umm Salal and Al Arabi shared the points with a 1-1draw.
Al Sadd 0 Al Markhiya 2 at Al Duhail Stadium
Al Markhiya shocked Al Sadd with a 2-0 at Al Duhail Stadium with goals coming in either half on day two of the QSL Cup.
Goals from Mohamed Salah Elneel on the 20th minute and Nasser Al Nasr in added time in the second half secured the win for the Oryx’s.
Wednesday's match-up between the two sides - a repeat of the opening game of the QNB Stars League three weeks ago, kicked off on a fast pace as Al Markhiya attacked Al Sadd from the first minute.
However, it was Al Markhiya who took the lead in the 20th minute. Ali Mujbel spotted Mohamed Salah Elneel inside the Al Sadd box. Elneel produced a spectacular airborne header to deflect the ball into the Al Sadd net.
In injury time, Nasser Al Nasr sealed Al Markhiya's fantastic 2-0 win when he scored the second goal. Ahmed Salem picked the ball from corner kick and slipped the ball to Al Nasr who fired home from close range.
Al Rayyan 2 Al Ahli 0 at Al Shamal Stadium
Al Rayyan produced a quality game to beat Al Ahli 2-0 to start their QSL Cup campaign on a winning note.
Sebastian Soria played vital role as Al Rayyan overcame last week's loss to Al Duhail with a spirited display at Al Shamal Stadium. Soria goal in the 17th minute and Abdulrahman Al Korbi goal in 67th minute secured the win for Al Rayyan.
Al Rayyan opened the scoring through veteran striker Soria in the 17th minute at Al Shamal Stadium. Mohsin Hassan chipped in a cross to Soria who charged into Al Ahli box before calmly slotting the ball into the net.
Soria was the man again as Al Rayyan doubled their lead in the 67th minute. After losing his marker, Soria slipped a low ball to Al Korbi who easily deflected the ball into the net from close range. Al Korbi had to produce a sliding dive to convert the ball into the net.
Umm Salal 1 Al Arabi 1 at Al Wakrah Stadium
A well-taken penalty for Umm Salal and a goal from Al Arabi’s Ibrahim Ndiaya made sure both teams go home with a point in the third match in Group B if the QSL Cup.
After numerous exchanges, Umm Salal finally grabbed the goal they were looking for. Al Arabi's Mohammed Salem tugged the shirt of Umm Salal's Ismaeel Mohammed inside his own box and referee Ali promptly pointed to the penalty spot.
Ndiaya opted to go left of goalkeeper Mahad Naeem who dived left but still failed to stop the ball in the 74th minute at Al Wakrah Stadium.
Maher Yousef of Umm Salal nearly scored his team's second goal but his shot from close range hit the outside of the net in the 83rd minute.
However, Abdulrahman Mansour of Al Arabi got the equaliser two minutes from time on what was day two of the QSL Cup.
Overall, another great day of QSL Cup action, we had a number of goals in each match and each team will be looking to build on their performance in the next match.