Brahimi strikes two as Al Rayyan nail Al Sailiya
Lions notch their sixth straight victory to take the top spot on the QSL table; Qatar Sports Club defeat Al Shahania.
It was a Yacine Brahimi show once again in the Qatar Stars League on Thursday. Al Rayyan’s Algerian forward was in sparkling form, striking two goals to enhance his reputation further as his team defeated Al Sailiya 2-0 to maintain their red-hot streak.
At the Al Ahli Stadium, Sailiya fought hard to challenge Rayyan but in the end, Brahimi’s skills made all the difference. It was Rayyan’s sixth win in a row and at 21 points from nine games, they occupy the top spot on the points table.
Duhail Sports Club, with 20 points, are second but the positions could change after the big match on Saturday between Duhail and Al Sadd, with the pressure on the former to continue winning.
Brahimi has been at the forefront of Rayyan’s strong run this season and on this day, it took only seven minutes for the forward to make his mark.
With the Sailiya defence playing up, he latched onto the forward pass from Khalid Muftah, sprinted up and unleashed his trademark shot with the outside of his right foot to beat Khalifa Ababacar Ndiaye in the Sailiya goal.
Rodrigo Tabata, the other standout in Rayyan’s scheme of things, was also in fine touch, unleashing a superb dipping free-kick that was kept out by Ndiaye in the 13th minute. Sebastian Soria came in for Tabata in the 34th minute, with the midfielder apparently nursing an injury. Thereafter, it was upto Brahimi to carry the Rayyan attack.
Sailiya also created a few chances but could not get a clear shot on target. They were very much in contention until late in the game and were denied a penalty after a foul on Karim Ansariford by Dame Traore in the 86th minute. Referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim initially blew for a spotkick but he reversed the decision after watching the VAR replay.
Brahimi then twisted the knife further into Sailiya’s wounds, dribbling up and firing a shot goalward in injury time. It took a deflection and lobbed over a helpless Ndiaye into the goal, demoralising Sailiya completely.
While Rayyan are sitting pretty at the top, Sailiya are sixth with 11 points, after suffering their fourth defeat.
In the other match, Qatar Sports Club continued their revival with their second straight win. At their home stadium, they defeated bottom-placed Al Shahania 1-0, thanks to a 45th-minute goal from Sardar Rashidov.
Kayke Rodrigues set up the goal after beating Shahania defender Alvaro Perez and serving the ball on a platter to Rashidov. The Uzbek forward just had to tap the ball in to trigger celebrations in the Qatar camp.
It was Qatar’s third win and with nine points, they are placed eighth. Shahania stayed rooted to the bottom after their sixth loss.