QNB Stars League Week 12 — Al Sadd 0 Al Markhiya 0
Promoted Al Markhiya held formidable Al Sadd to a goalless draw in Week 12 of the QNB Stars League on Saturday.
Al Sadd now have 28 points as do Al Rayyan who posted a 3-0 win over Al Khor earlier in the day. Nevertheless, Al Sadd stayed second on better goal difference.
With Al Sadd’s Qatar internationals back for club duty following their Gulf Cup assignment in Kuwait, the match got off to a fast-paced start as Al Markhiya also made quick moves.
In the sixth minute, Al Markhiya’s Rebin Ghareeb showed amazing speed to block a cross by Al Sadd’s Algerian import Jugurtha Hamroun towards team-mate Bualem Khoukhi who was stationed inside the box. It would have been an easy defection from close range, but Ghareeb outpaced Khoukhi to stop the dangerous move.
That was before Hamroun created a couple of chances.
Two minutes from the half-time whistle, Al Markhiya captain Bilal Mohammed nearly pulled off a stunner with a snap-header off a free-kick. Bilal’s header slipped past the Al Sadd crossbar.
Four minutes into the second half, Al Markhiya’s Burkina Faso striker Alain Traore whipped a 30M bullet, but it went out after kissing the goalpost.
Minutes later, Al Sadd keeper Saad Al Dossari twice blocked shots that were headed towards the goal.
Al Markhiya’s Ghanaian import Kwame Karikari unleashed a powerful shot past two defenders in the 70th only to see the ball sail above the bar.