QNB Stars League — Week 16 Highlights


After the QNB Stars League Week 16 action, Al Sadd found themselves on level terms with Al Rayyan in the Qatar Clasico this season with their 2-0 victory at the Al Sadd Stadium on Thursday, with Algerians Jugurtha Hamroun and Baghdad Bounedjah scoring the goals.

The match, played in front of more than 8,000 passionate fans, underlined its status as top of the draw, with action on the field and ambience as well as activities off it.

However, it was leaders Al Duhail who set the tone for the week’s fiesta by firing in five goals past Al Gharafa, brooking only one response. Captain Youssef Msakni and in-form Almoez Ali, who recently energed as the top scorer (six goals) at the Asian Under-23 Championship in China where Qatar finished third, both scored two goals, with Youssef El Arabi finding the other. Ahmed Alaaeldin gave Al Gharafa’s reply.

Al Duhail (42) thus extended their two-point difference with Al Sadd, but the latter left Al Rayyan (35 points) behind by increasing their lead from two points to five. Nevertheless, Al Gharafa remained sixth with 20 points.

The Wolves also made amends for their 1-2 defeat to Al Rayyan in the first-phase Qatar Clasico.

Umm Salal too gained ground although they stood at fifth position. The Orange Fortress fought back from a goal down while playing with 10 men to defeat Al Khor 2-1. Iranian defender Soroush Hossein scored for Al Khor and Umm Salal replied through Adil Rhaili and Maher Yousef.

Al Ahli defeated Al Arabi 4-0 in the ‘Al Hilal Derby’ as both sides are from that area of Doha. Tunisian striker Hamza Younes, Simao Mate, Saad Natiq (own goal) and Meshaal Abdullah scored the goals as The Brigadiers moved to 19 points to stay seventh in the standings. 

That Al Ahli were without Tunisian midfield stalwart Yassine Chikhaoui adds glitter to the victory, their fifth overall and first in the second phase and also under Spanish coach George Jorge.

Al Sailiya suffered the biggest upset when they were beaten 2-0 by Qatar SC, who made a giant leap from 10th to eight in the table with 15 points. Syrian striker Osama Omari, who joined The Kings in January, netted both goals.

It was The Peregrines sixth defeat as Tunisian Sami Trabelsi’s men are having a rough patch even though they managed to stay fourth on 24 points.

Al Kharaitiyat bounced back brilliantly from two goals down to survive  Al Markhiya scare before winning 3-2 to earn three valuable points.

Sanjar Tursunov, Josue Mohy and Anwar Diba scored for Al Kharaitiyat after Rebin Solaka and Mohammed Saleh had put The Oryxes ahead by scoring in successive minutes.

Al Kharaitiyat moved from 11 to 10th with 13 points, while Al Markhiya stayed rooted to the bottom with eight.