Al Rayyan and Al Ahli were locked in a 1-1 draw in Week 16 of the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League at the Al Ahli Stadium on Sunday.
New Spanish recruit Jose Bozo gave Al Ahli the lead in the 22nd minute, which was cancelled by Al Rayyan’s Yacine Brahimi in the 61st minute.
Al Rayyan and Al Ahli are both now on 17 points, the former completing 15 matches and the latter 16.
Al Rayyan were held goalless by Al Khor, whereas Al Ahli had lost 1-3 to Al Wakrah in Week 15.
Al Rayyan’s Week 14 match (Qatar Clasico) against reigning champions Al Sadd was postponed.
Al Rayyan had beaten Al Ahli 1-0 in the first leg.
The match was fought keenly and Al Rayyan were the most dangerous and constantly closest to scoring early on.
However, Al Ahli were not to be denied and they succeeded in scoring as Bozo beat Al Rayyan goalkeeper Fahad Younes.
Stung by the deficit, Al Rayyan pressed hard, but could not score in the first half.
The second half was more exciting and fast-paced. Al Rayyan dominated the game initially, while Al Ahli relied on counter-attacks.
Al Rayyan did not give up and managed to equalize the score past the hour mark through Algerian attacking midfielder Brahimi, their consistent scorer. Colombian star James Rodriguez’s shot rebounded off goalkeeper Yazan Naim and Brahimi was on hand to put the ball into the net.
Rodriguez almost scored in the 82nd minute, but sent his shot wide of the left post.