Stars of the Week — Round 6
The QSL Online presents the following stars, who influenced their teams’ results, in the sixth round of QNB Stars League played last week.
Valentin Lazar (Al Sailiya)
Valentin has been a consistent performer for Al Sailiya this season, contributing to their victories and a creditable fifth place in the standings with 12 points. He scored two times and provided the pass for Temurkhuja Abdulkholikov’s goal in their 5-1 victory over Qatar SC in the fifth round of QNB Stars League on Saturday. Al Sailiya signed the Romanian attacking midfielder on loan from Dinamo Bucuresti in January this year. He had played for a number of Romanian clubs before joining traditional powerhouse Dinamo in 2013, representing them 89 times and scoring 16 goals.
Sebastian Soria (Al Rayyan)
The powerful striker and Qatar international did not start in the ‘Qatar Clasico’ between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan. But ever since coach Michael Laudrup fielded him in the 28th minute, replacing Ahmed Mohammed to sharpen the attack after being in deficit by Baghdad Bounedjah’s goal, he made an influence in The Lions’ game. Soria did not score a goal, but always kept the rival defenders busy and Al Rayyan went on to win the match, with Abderrazak Hamdallah and Koh Myong-Jin getting on the scorers’ list. Players like Ahmed Maqsoud, Mohammed Kassola, goalkeeper Omar Barri and Mohammed Alaeddin also did well, but Soria’s efforts stood out.
Vladimir Weiss (Al Gharafa)
Weiss played an influential and inspiring game for Al Gharafa, who made leaders and champions Al Duhail drop points for the first time in this season’s league by holding them 1-1. Al Gharafa’s Amro Abdullfattah Seraj’s 56th-minute strike cancelled out in-form Youssef El Arabi’s 25th-minute goal, with Weiss doing the spadework. The Slovakian midfielder passed the ball to Luis Jimenez, enabling the latter to set up Amro to score. Weiss had a two-season stint at erstwhile Al Duhail before joining The Cheetahs and is a regular with his national team since 2009.