Stars of the Week - Round 4
Vladimir Weiss (Al Gharafa)
Weiss’ two-goal effort in their 3-0 victory over Al Khor not only helped Al Gharafa register their first victory in the QNB Stars League this season, but it also boosted The Cheetahs’ confidence. They could thus put an end to their disappointing start to the season. Weiss’ first goal came when he smartly rounded the goalkeeper and confidently fired home with two Al Khor defenders on the line, after collecting a lofted through ball. his second goal was a beauty. The Slovak’s surging run from outside the area saw him taking on four rival defenders before firing low into the bottom left hand corner.
Yannick Sagbo (Umm Salal)
Sagbo’s hat-trick could not have at a better time than against Al Arabi as the victory at the Al Gharafa Stadium consolidated their position in the QNB Stars League standings. It was truly an inspired performance by the Ivorian striker. It took him only seven minutes to get on the score sheet as he reacted quickly to snatch the rebound from a blocked shot and score from close. He grabbed the second in similar fashion when he first controlled the ball with his knee, before turning and putting it into the net from six yards out. Sagbo’s third came through a shot from 20 yards out.
Wagner Ribeiro (Al Sailiya)
The Brazilian enabled Al Sailiya to earn three valuable points against Al Kharaitiyat with an all-round display at the Al Ahli Stadium on Saturday night. Wagner first played the role of a maker and then that of a taker. After Al Kharaitiyat took the lead, Wagner really brought out a brilliant game. He set up Temurkhuja Abdukholikov, who evaded his markers and nodded home from a Wagner free-kick from the right. Wagner then hit the winner with a long diagonal shot in the 63rd minute. He thus put behind a bad patch that resulted in him being benched for some time.
Abderrazzaq Hamdellah (Al Rayyan)
Hamdellah netted a terrific goal and provided the assist for another as Al Rayyan outplayed promoted side Al Markhiya and moved one place up in the QNB Stars League standings to the fourth place, replacing Al Sailiya. The Moroccan forward’s good showing also saw The Lions get back to winning ways, having lost to Al Duhail in Round 3. He meant business as early as the second minute when his superbly-taken free-kick found the back of the net. Hamdellah then set up Rodrigo Tabata, who was brought in at the start of second half as he was still recuperating from a surgery.
Youssef Al Arabi (Al Duhail)
Youssef El Arabi produced an outstanding display in leaders Al Duhail’s big win over Al Ahli. The Moroccan forward’s four goals were treat to the eyes of home fans. El Arabi struck in the 25th, 55th, 64th (penalty) and 68th minutes. His first goal, which he scored with a near-perfect header off a cross by Nam following a corner, stood out. The four goals took the France-born Moroccan, who has been a key player with his national team, to the top of QNB Stars League scorers’ chart with eight goals.