QNB Stars League — Week 15 Stars
The QNB Stars League’s Week 15 saw four matches where as many goals were scored and two drawn encounters. It also witnessed many star performances. QSL Online highlights one from each game.
Youssef Msakny (Al Duhail)
Youssef Msakny had a field day against Al Ahli, playing the captain’s role to perfection. The Tunisian attacking midfielder had a hand in all four of their goals. He scored three and gave assist for the other, netted by Moroccan striker Youssef El Arabi, the QNB Stars League’s top scorer with 20 goals. Msakny took his tally to 14 goals and is second in the list.
Masoud Zeraei (Al Arabi)
Masoud Zeraei made many saves while keeping the Al Arabi goal in tact against formidable Umm Salal, who were placed fifth in the table. His efforts helped The Dream Team earn a valuable point as they are staring at relegation. Zeraei, who is a committed Al Arabi player, held firm against an Umm Salal attack consisting of Yannick Sagbo, Mahmoud Mawas and Oussama Darragi.
Wesley Sneijder (Al Gharafa)
Wesley Sneijder scored his second goal in Qatar when he gave Al Gharafa the lead during their 2-1 victory over Al Khor. The Dutch attacking midfielder converted a free-kick with clinical precision and played an influential role in The Cheetahs’ midfield as they held off The Knights to register their fifth victory, and third in the second phase of league competition.
Abderrazaq Hamdallah (Al Rayyan)
Star Moroccan forward Abderrazaq Hamdallah had a stellar role to play as Al Rayyan put it across Al Markhiya 3-1 to cement their third position in the standings with 35 points. Hamdallah not only scored a goal, but also gave assists to Sebastian Soria and Rodrigo Tabata who found The Lions’ other goals. Hamdallah’s tally in the top scorers’ list stands at 12.
Rachid Tiberkanine (Al Kharaitiyat)
Moroccan striker Rachid Tiberkanine scored Al Kharaitiyat’s both goals in their 2-2 creditable draw with fourth-placed Al Sailiya. It was a much-needed point for The Thunders who were 11th and were playing their first match under new coach Yasser Sebaie, who replaced Tunisian Ahmad Al Ajlani. It was Tiberkanine’s 10th goal in this season’s league campaign.
Xavi Hernandez (Al Sadd)
Xavi Hernandez led from the front by playing a key role in Al Sadd’s 3-1 victory over a fighting Qatar SC. The Spanish World Cup and European Championship winner once again held the The Wolves’ midfield together as they kept pace with leaders Al Duhail, with only two points separating them. Most importantly, Al Sadd did not slip in the title race. It was Xavi’s sixth goal this season.