QNB Stars League Week 15 — Al Ahli 0 Al Duhail 4
Youssef Msakni led from the front with a hat-trick and an assist as Al Duhail defeated hosts Al Ahli 4-0 in Week 15 of the QNB Stars League on Friday.
Captain Msakni scored in the seventh, 23rd and 77th minutes. Youssef El Arabi (36th) was the other scorer.
Msakni took his tally to 14 goals and El Arabi 20 as the tournament’s top two scorers.
Leaders Al Duhail moved to 39 points, while Al Ahli stayed on 16.
Al Duhail showed no let-up and dominated from the beginning as play was mostly restricted to the Al Ahli area. Murad Naji impressed with his darting runs along the right flank as well as precise crosses and corner kicks.
Msakni opened the scoring with a long-range shot following a quick reaction and doubled the lead by heading in a corner taken by Naji, giving goalkeeper Yazan Naim no chance.
El Arabi made it 3-0 after evading the offside trap and being set up by Msakni.
Al Duhail took it a bit easy in the second half, whereas Al Ahli showed more alacrity. The Brigadiers’ striker Meshaal Abdullah went off the field injured and was replaced by Majid Mohammed.
After Al Duhail’s Ismail Mohammed missed a sitter on the hour mark, Al Ahli’s first real chance to score came in the 73rd, but Yassine Chikhaoui failed to connect. The Tunisian attacking midfielder was thwarted by rival goalkeeper Amine Lecomte after Msakni had completed his hat-trick, with Karim Boudiaf doing the spadework.