QNB Stars League — Week 11 Stars
The QNB Stars League’s Week 11, the last round in the competition’s first phase, witnessed some exciting encounters, upset results, great achievements for some teams and, of course, many star performances. QSL Online highlights one from each of the six matches.
Yazan Naim (Al Ahli)
Al Ahli goalkeeper Yazan Naim stole the show with his outstanding performance in their 2-0 victory over Al Rayyan. He stood firm time and again against a flurry of rival attacks, led by Rodrigo Tabata, Sebastian Soria and Mohsine Moutaouali. The Brigadiers thus scored their second successive victory that took their points tally to 14 and helped them stay sixth.
Hassan Al Haydous (Al Sadd)
Hassan Al Haydous contributed two goals, although one was a penalty, towards Al Sadd’s 4-0 win over Al Kharaitiyat that saw them regain the second position in the standings, displacing Al Rayyan. The Qatar international rose to the occasion when they missed ace Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah through an injury. Al Sadd moved to 27 points, two behind Al Duhail.
Kwame Karikari (Al Markhiya)
Ghanaian striker Kwame Karikari came to Al Markhiya’s rescue as they held formidable Umm Salal to a 1-1 draw. The tall player gave The Oryxes an early advantage by scoring in the 12th minute. After receiving the ball on the edge of the area, he unleashed a ferocious shot into the far corner of the net. Besides, he tested the Umm Salal defence many times.
Khalfan Ibrahim (Al Arabi)
Khalfan Ibrahim yet again underlined his brilliance by netting twice, one from the penalty spot, for Al Arabi against Al Khor. Gaser Zakaria was the other scorer as Al Arabi recorded a much-needed victory, their first under Croatian coach Luka Bonacic. Khalfan had missed the action in Weeks 8 and 9 with an injury, and had also scored in their 1-3 loss to Al Gharafa in the previous week.
Othman Al Yahri (Al Gharafa)
Al Gharafa’s Othman Al Yahri has been improving after every outing and their last game against Qatar SC, which ended in a 1-1 draw, was no exception. His darting runs into the rival goalmouth are a treat for the eyes. Even the goal, converted by captain Luis Jimenez from the spot, resulted from one such effort as the penalty was awarded after Qatar SC’s Ibrahim Jamal handled Othman’s shot inside the box.
Mohamed Mdather (Al Sailiya)
Mohammed Mdather had a good game as Al Sailiya put up a strong performance against leaders and only unbeaten side Al Duhail, handing them their second draw. Mdather impressed with his movements and technique, and gave the pass for Wagner Ribeiro to score the team’s goal before being substituted by Tunisian coach Sami Trabelsi towards the end.