Al Markhiya scored a valuable 3-1 win over Al Sailiya in a postponed match from Week 10 of the 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League at the Al Arabi Stadium on Sunday.
Al Sailiya surged ahead through Sergio Carlos in the 11th minute, but Al Markhiya bounced back and replied through Driss Fettouhi (38th minute), Jameel Al Yahmadi (67th minute) and Jose Correia (89th minute).
Al Markhiya took their tally to 18 points, while Al Sailiya stood on nine points.
Al Sailiya and Al Markhiya had tasted defeat in the last round (Week 16) against Al Sadd and Al Wakrah respectively by an identical 0-4 margin.
Al Sailiya started strongly and succeeded in taking the lead through Carlos, who beat goalkeeper Louay Ashour.
Al Markhiya tried hard to make a comeback and almost equalized in the 15th minute, but Al Sailiya goalkeeper Claude Amine thwarted Ayoub Assal.
As Al Sailiya retreated after scoring, Al Markhiya made persistent efforts and drew parity through Fettouhi, who finished off a move that also involved Ali Al Marri.
In the 44th minute, a powerful shot from Ahmed Sebaei hit the crossbar of Al Markhiya and the first half ended 1-1.
Both teams adopted a cautious approach at the beginning of the second half.
Al Markhiya players moved and passed the ball quickly.
After Ayoub Assal missed a chance in the 61st minute, The Oryxes scored their second goal through Al Yahmadi, with Yousef Hani providing the assist.
Al Sailiya pressed hard and almost scored the equalizer in the 70th minute and created another chance in the 72nd minute, but the Al Markhiya defence stood firm.
As Al Sailiya sought to equalize, Al Markhiya added their third goal, with Correia finding the net.