QNB Stars League Week 12 — Al Sailiya 1 Al Arabi 1
Al Sailiya grabbed a late goal to secure a point against Al Arabi in an entertaining QNB Stars League Week 12 encounter that ended in a 1-1 draw at the Al Ahli Stadium on Friday.
Al Arabi opened the scoring through Ahmed Abdulla in the 45th minute, but his goal was cancelled out in the 76th by Abdulrahman Al Harazi.
After the winter break, the game was slow to get into action, with Al Sailiya gaining the most of the territorial advantage. Their closest chances came through Romanian midfielder Valentin Lazar whose shot from a tight angle was well saved by the goalkeeper, followed by Wagner Ribeiro with a long-range effort.
With the half drawing to a close, it was the visitors who took the initiative as they surprised Al Arabi on the break. A long clearance upfield was chased down by Ahmed Abdulla who used his pace to run past Hamad Al Abidi on the left wing before breaking into the box and coolly slotting home.
Into the second half and Khalfan Ibrahim nearly doubled the advantage as he was inches away from meeting a header from close range. Al Sailiya started to play with more control as the game wore on and were rewarded through Al Harazi. Valentin sent in a ball from the left-hand side of the box and Al Harazi slid in to poke the ball into the net.
Six minutes from time, Al Harazi nearly scored again as he climbed highest to reach a header, but could not quite find the target and the game ended all square.
Al Arabi will be disappointed that they could not hold on for victory, but will be aware that they secured an away point against quality opposition. Meanwhile, Al Sailiya would have expected more from this match.