QNB Stars League Week 15 — Al Markhiya 1 Al Rayyan 3
Al Rayyan recorded a 3-1 victory against struggling side Al Markhiya in Week 15 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Arabi Stadium on Friday.
Goals from Sebastian Soria in the 10th minute, Abderrazaq Hamdallah (70th) and Rodrigo Tabata (86th) were enough for The Lions. Al Markhiya’s goal came through Mohamed Salah in the 22nd.
Al Rayyan now have 35 points and Al Markhiya stayed on eight. The Lions thus geared up for the Qatar Clasico against Al Sadd on 8th February.
An edgy opening to the game saw few early chances. However, Al Markhiya were denied the lead when Salah’s close-range header struck the turf before bouncing up and on to the crossbar.
A minute later, they were made to pay as Mohsine Moutaouali fed Sebastian Soria inside the box for the front man to grab his ninth goal of the season with a left-footed shot across the face of the goal.
The home side grew into the game and were able to capitalise midway through the half as Salah tapped in following a defensive mix-up between Mousa Haroun and goalkeeper Oumar Barry.
Early in the second half and Barry was again involved as his spilled catch was pounced on by Saleh who blasted over.
Al Rayyan regained the lead through Hamdallah as he beat the offside trap to reign in on goal and curl his shot into the far corner.
With the victory all but secured, Tabata finished off a fine passing move late on to pile further pressure on the home side.