Al Wakrah defeated Al Rayyan 1-0 in Week 21 of the 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Wednesday.
The only goal was scored by Mohamed Benyettou in the 76th minute.
Al Rayyan were reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Ivanildo Rodrigues was sent off in the 18th minute.
Adding to their woes, Sofiane Boufal missed a penalty for Al Rayyan in the 51st minute.
Al Wakrah thus moved on to 36 points, while Al Rayyan remained on 17 points, making their position more difficult in the table.
Al Wakrah excelled in terms of performance and they were the best even before the Al Rayyan goalkeeper was sent off.
Al Wakrah got their first real opportunity in the 14th minute, but Yousef Abdulrizag shot over the crossbar. Soon, he was alone again, but the Al Rayyan goalkeeper fouled him and earned the red card.
Al Wakrah dominated the game and almost scored, but Murad Naji was off-target.
The second half started off on an exciting note and Al Rayyan would have soon taken the lead had it not been for the alertness of Al Wakrah goalkeeper Omair Abdullah, who saved the penalty kick taken by Boufal.
Al Wakrah grew in confidence and then found their winning goal through Benyettou, who came up with a header.