Al Sadd crash to big defeat against Al Wakrah
Depleted QSL champions fail to mount a serious challenge in opening match of Ooredoo Cup.
A severely depleted Al Sadd crashed to a 1-5 defeat to Al Wakrah in the opening match of the Ooredoo Cup tournament on Friday.
At the Al Ahli Stadium, Sadd were without eight regular players who are doing duty for the national team. Three others are with the national under-23 team while foreign professionals Baghdad Bounedjah and Nam Tae-Hee also missed out due to their commitments with their national teams.
Wakrah took full advantage of the situation, inflicting their third straight defeat on the QSL champions. After losses to Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League and to Al Rayyan in the QSL, Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez would not have wanted another reverse but he was a helpless spectator as Wakrah put their stamp on the Group A game.
Sadd did start on an even keel but Wakrah took the lead in the 35th minute through Abdulrahman Mosed. Sadd equalised five minutes later when Rami Suhail found the target.
Wakrah regained the advantage when Omar Ali converted a penalty in the 42nd minute and they were completely in charge at half-time with a 3-1 advantage, thanks to a 45th minute strike by Mosed.
In the second half, Riadh Nasser (51st minute) and Ismail Mohmoud (86th) added two more goals to make it a dream start for Wakrah.
In other Group A matches on Friday, Al Ahli defeated Umm Salal 2-0 while Rodrigo Tabata scored a spectacular goal from near the halfway line as Al Rayyan drubbed Al Shahaniya 3-0 at the Al Arabi Stadium.
Abel Mathias (52nd) and Nabil El Zhar (90th) scored for Al Ahi, who were without Abdullah Al Ahrak and Abdulrahman Mohammed, away on national duty. Umm Salal also missed a key player in Yannick Sagbo and it affected their attack.
In the Rayyan-Shahaniya game, Ahmed Al Saadi opened the scoring for Rayyan in the 20th minute. Abdul Rahman Al Harzi doubled the lead in the 61st before Tabata added his gem five minutes from the final whistle.