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Al Sadd maintain fine run as Al Duhail, Al Gharafa win

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Doha: Al Sadd, yesterday moved three points clear at top of the QNB Stars League (QSL) table, defeating Umm Salal 3-1 in their Round 7 game at the Thani bin Jassim Stadium.

Also yesterday, two goals from feared striker Almoez Ali and a goal each from Ramin Rezaeian and Khaled Mohammed handed reigning champions Al Duhail a 4-1 victory over Al Kharaitiyat at their home turf. 

In other game yesterday, Al Gharafa crushed Al Khor 6-3 at their own backyard after goals from Koo Ja-Cheol (16th minute), Homam Elamin (42nd and 50th minutes), Ahmed Alaaeldin (59th minute) and substitute Ahmed Al Janehi (75th and 90th minutes). 

A win over Umm Salal ensured that Al Sadd remain on top of points standings with 19 points, ahead of Al Ahli (16 points).  Akram Afif (35′), Santi Cazorla (50′), and Hassan Al Haydos (90+1′) scored for Al Sadd, while Roozbeh Cheshmi (40′) netted the lone goal for Umm Salal.

In the 35th minute, Al Sadd scored as Santi Cazorla’s aerial ball was controlled by Baghdad Bounedjah before it fell in front of Akram Afif, who made no mistake with his finish past Baba Malick.

Five minutes later, Umm Salal replied through a rare foray up front. The Al Sadd defence failed to clear the ball following a free-kick delivery into the box, and Roozbeh Cheshmi bundled it in from close range to level the score.

The first half thus ended with a 1-1 stalemate, but Al Sadd got back in front after the break. In the 50th minute, Santi Cazorla dispatched a penalty that was awarded for Omar Yahya’s foul on Afif in the box.

Xavi made his first two substitutions in the 61st minute, sending on Abdelkarim Hassan and Hassan Al-Haydos in place of Mohammed Waad and Rodrigo Tabata. 

Qatar star Al Haydos scored third goal, dribbling into the box from the right and finishing past Malick. 

At Al Duhail Stadium yesterday, Almoez took the hosts ahead in the 13th minute, while Rezaeian doubled the lead with a strike in 37th minute. 

Almoez scored his second goal with five minutes left in the first half. Khaldoun Moussa reduced the lead for Al Kharaitiyat and when Al Duhail were cruising towards win Khaled Mohammed made it 4-1 in the first minute of the stoppage time.    

The defending champions moved to fourth spot with 12 points after the victory.  

Al Gharafa, meanwhile, took their tally to 15 points and stayed third with their fifth victory. 

Al Khor suffered their third defeat to be on four points. They got their goals from Rafael Dos Santos (fourth minute), captain Naif Al Breiki (74th minute) and Leonardo De Souza (79th minute), yesterday.

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