The 2021-2022 season Ooredoo Cup Round 3 fixtures, held on 10th and 11th October, 2021, saw as many as 18 goals being scored across the four matches. High-scoring games, barring one, highlighted the action.
Two of the four matches (two each in Groups A and B) ended in draws. Umm Salal beat Al Shamal 1-0 and Al Wakrah defeated Al Rayyan 4-3, while Al Sailiya drew 2-2 with Al Khor and Al Arabi played out an absorbing 3-3 draw with Al Gharafa.
Al Ahli and Qatar SC were not in action in Group A and B respectively in this round.
Al Wakrah and Qatar SC are topping the Group A and B table with six and four points respectively.
Al Ahli and Al Arabi are placed second in Group A and B with four and three points respectively.
The tournament will take a break now and Round 4 matches are scheduled for 8th and 9th November.
Umm Salal bt Al Shamal 1-0
Al Wakrah bt Al Rayyan 4-3
Al Sailiya drew Al Khor 2-2
Al Arabi drew Al Gharafa 3-3
Umm Salal defeated Al Shamal 1-0 in the round’s first match (Group A) at the Al Khor Stadium on Sunday.
Umm Salal and Al Shamal are placed fourth and third in the group with three and four points respectively.
Abdullah Khaled scored the only goal of the match in the 60th minute after both sides failed to find the net in the first half.
Al Shamal had their share of chances, but failed to score.
It was Umm Salal’s first victory.
Al Wakrah beat Al Rayyan 4-3 in the second match (Group A) 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) struck a hat-trick although it went in vain in terms of the result.
Al Wakrah, with the victory, took their points tally to six from three games and are leading the group table, while Al Rayyan were left still searching for their first point after two matches.
In the third match, Al Sailiya and Al Khor played out a 2-2 draw (Group B) at the Al Khor Stadium on Monday.
Ahmed Hassan Al Mohannadi (35th minute) and Giannis Fetfatzidid (65th minute) scored for Al Khor, while Al Sailiya’s goals came through Mustafa Mohammed (49th minute) and Fahad Khalfan (69th minute).
Both Al Sailiya and Al Khor have two points and are placed fourth and fifth respectively, but Al Sailiya have played one match less (two compared to Al Khor’s three).
In the last fixture, Al Arabi and Al Gharafa were locked in an exciting 3-3 draw (Group B) at the Qatar SC Stadium on Monday.
Mohammed Ismail (ninth minute), Muyad Hassan (45+2) and Sofiane Hanni (84th-minute penalty) scored for Al Gharafa, while Abdulaziz Al Ansari (26th and 78th minutes) and Abdulqadir Ilyas (64th minute) scored for Al Arabi.
Al Arabi and Al Gharafa moved on to three and two points and are placed second and third in the group standings respectively.
Al Arabi have played three matches and Al Gharafa two.
The fast-paced encounter saw thrilling action at both ends in either half and the final scoreline underlined that.
Meanwhile, the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League will be back with Round 6 matches, scheduled for 16th and 17th October, 2021.