Umm Salal beat Al Gharafa 3-1 in Week 15 of the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Tuesday.
Umm Salal’s goals were scored by Abdulrahman Al Rashidi (38th minute), Adel Alawi (58th minute) and Ayman Hussein (69th minute penalty).
Cheikh Diabate was Al Gharafa’s scorer in the 28th minute.
Umm Salal raised their tally to 22 points with their fifth victory, while Al Gharafa remained on 23 points following their sixth defeat.
Al Gharafa’s Sofiane Hanni received the red card in the 18th minute as they paid the price for numerical disadvantage even though they succeeded in taking the lead through Diabate five minutes after the Algerian’s expulsion.
Both teams were coming off defeat, Umm Salal losing 1-2 to Al Ahli and Al Gharafa suffering a 2-4 defeat at the hands of Al Duhail.
It may be recalled that Al Gharafa had beaten Umm Salal 1-0 in the first leg.
The match was fought fiercely and Umm Salal managed to put behind a one-goal deficit to register yet another crucial victory.
However, as the match progressed, Al Gharafa began to feel the heat of playing with one man less and Umm Salal equalized through Al Rashidi who was helped in the process by Ayman Hussein.
In the second half, Umm Salal began to assert themselves and, after several attempts at the rival goal, they scored again as Adel Alawi was spot-on.
Ayman Hussein then converted a penalty to round off Umm Salal’s tally.