Al Wakrah beat Al Rayyan 4-3 in Round 3 (Group A) of the 2021-2022 season Ooredoo Cup at the Qatar SC Stadium on Sunday.
Mohamed Benyettou (25th-minute penalty and 90+1 minute penalty), Saoud Al Nasr (57th minute) and Hazem Shahata (68th minute) scored the goals for Al Wakrah.
For Al Rayyan, Yohan Boli (45th, 69th and 76th minutes) produced a quality hat-trick.
Al Wakrah, with the victory, took their points tally to six, while Al Rayyan were left still searching for their first point.
Al Wakrah scored in the 12th minute through Abdulghani Muneer. However, the celebrations did not last long as the VAR ruled it offside.
Al Wakrah were not to be denied and they opened the scoring when Jacinto Dalla was brought down inside the box by Dame Traore and Khalid Muftah. After a VAR review, the referee pointed to the spot and Benyettou easily converted the kick.
Just before the half-hour break, Abdulghani Muneer, just a few metres away from the goal, missed the target with his left-footed drive.
Seconds before the start of injury time of the first half, Boli produced the equalizer with a solo run into the Al Wakrah area. After charging into the box, he drilled a left-footed drive that touched keeper Mohammed Saeed’s hand, but still crashed into the net.
Al Nasr gave Al Wakrah a 2-1 lead when he outpaced Mohammed Juma as he charged into the Al Rayyan box and then smashed the ball past goalkeeper Fahad Younis.
Shehata made it 3-1 for Al Wakrah with a left-footed curling shot that crashed into the top left of the goal.
But Al Rayyan reduced the deficit the next minute when Boli scored his second of the match with another long solo run.
Boli completed his hat-trick when he tapped the ball from close range following a long cross by Tameem Mansour from the right flank.
Benyettou converted his second penalty of the match in stoppage time to power Al Wakrah to a fighting 4-3 win.