Reigning champions Al Sadd defeated Al Shamal 5-1 in Week 15 of the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Tuesday.
Akram Afif (40th minute), substitute Rodrigo Tabata (54th minute), Ali Asad (63rd minute), Hassan Al Haydous (68th minute) and Mustafa Tareq (79th minute) scored for Al Sadd, while Al Shamal’s goal was scored by Moaz Al Salemi in the 32nd minute.
With this victory, their 11th from 12 matches, Al Sadd regained the top spot in standings with 34 points. They now have one point more than Al Duhail, who were held to a 1-1 draw by basement side Al Sailiya on Monday.
Al Sadd also have three games in hand and are the only unbeaten team in the tournament. The Wolves’ games against Al Wakrah (Week 11), Qatar SC (Week 13) and Al Rayyan (Qatar Clasico, Week 14) were postponed.
The only time The Wolves dropped points was when they were held 3-3 by their closest title contenders Al Duhail in Week 9.
On the other hand, Al Shamal stood on 13 points after their eighth defeat.
Al Sadd dominated Al Shamal from beginning and tested the rival defence.
Al Shamal got a chance in the 25th minute off a counter-attack, with Majed Mohammed passing the ball to Abdulaziz Metwaly, but the latter missed the mark.
Al Shamal went ahead after the half-hour mark through Moaz, whose shot hit Al Sadd defender Tareq Salman.
After the teams took the half-time break with score level at 1-1, Al Sadd intensified pressure on the rival goal in the second half and added four more goals.