The 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League’s Week 17 matches, played on March 17 and 18, 2023, witnessed six victories and many changes to the team rankings as action hotted up.
Umm Salal lost to Al Gharafa 1-2
Al Shamal lost to Al Sadd 1-3
Al Arabi bt Al Sailiya 4-1
Al Wakrah bt Al Ahli 5-2
Al Markhiya lost to Al Rayyan 2-3
Qatar SC lost to Al Duhail 1-3
A total of 28 goals were scored across the six matches, with an average of 4.66 goals per game, and this is the highest so far in this season’s QNB Stars League.
The Al Wakrah vs Al Ahli match was the highest-scoring fixture (seven goals) and no team kept a clean sheet.
The round witnessed four penalty conversions, by Al Gharafa’s Yacine Brahimi, Al Rayyan’s Sofiane Boufal, Al Wakrah’s Mohamed Benyettou and Qatar SC’s Badr Benoun.
Week 17 also witnessed the red-card suspension of Al Duhail player Luis Martin during their match against Qatar SC.
As many as seven players scored a double – Al Sadd’s Boualem Khoukhi, Al Arabi’s Omar Al Somah and Yousef Msakni, Al Wakrah’s Jacinto Dala, Al Ahli’s Al Dokali Al Sayed, Al Rayyan’s Jason Vargas and Al Duhail’s Michael Olunga.
Al Duhail maintained their lead on top with 39 points, with a postponed match remaining against Al Rayyan in hand, followed by Al Arabi in second place (37 points) and Al Sadd (32 points) in third.
Al Wakrah were the biggest beneficiaries of this round as they returned to the top four with 27 points following their victory over Al Ahli. Al Gharafa are fifth with 26 points, on goal difference with Qatar SC who have the same number of points.
Al Ahli remained in seventh place with 21 points and Al Markhiya stood eighth with 18 points.
Al Rayyan advanced from 10th to ninth place with 16 points, while Al Shamal fell to 10th spot with 14 points.
Umm Salal remained in 11th place with 13 points and Al Sailiya last with nine points.
In the first match, Al Gharafa defeated Umm Salal 2-1 to be back on the winning path after losing to 0-1 Al Arabi in their postponed match from Week 10, where Umm Salal had defeated Al Shamal 1-0.
Reigning champions Al Sadd overcame a reversal at the very start and beat Al Shamal 3-1 to be back winning after being held by leaders Al Duhail to a 2-2 draw in their postponed match from Week 10. Al Shamal had advanced very early in the game through Boualem Khoukhi’s own goal. But Khoukhi made amends and scored two goals for Al Sadd, either side of Akram Afif’s goal.
Al Arabi also came from behind to script a 4-1 victory over Al Sailiya, who did well at the start and surged ahead through Mehrdad Mohammadi early into the match. But The Dream Team replied through the brace from Omar Al Somah and Yousef Msakni.
In an exciting encounter, Al Wakrah put it across Al Ahli by a 5-2 margin. Mohamed Benyettou (penalty), Khaled Munir, Jacinto Dala (double) and Yousef Abdurisag were Al Wakrah’s scorers, while Al Dokali Al Sayed scored Al Ahli’s both goals.
Al Rayyan registered a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Al Markhiya.
Sofiane Boufal (penalty) and Jason Vargas (double) scored for Al Rayyan, whereas Ayoub Assal and Jose Correia were Al Markhiya’s scorers.
In the week’s last match, Al Duhail defeated Qatar SC 3-1.
Michael Olunga (double) and Khaled Mohammed scored the goals for Al Duhail. Qatar SC’s only goal was scored by Badr Benoun (penalty).
List of scorers
Olunga continued to lead the scorers’ list with 13 goals, followed by Dala (12 goals).
The Al Arabi duo of Al Somah and Msakni are next with 11 goals. Al Rayyan striker Yohan Boli has 10 goals to his credit.