Duhail fight back to edge Al Khor, widen lead
Muntari, Msakni strike for the Red Knights as they post their seventh straight victory; Wakrah defeat Al Ahli.
Mohammed Muntari struck a brace as Duhail Sports Club recovered from a two-goal deficit to defeat Al Khor 3-2 and consolidate their position atop the Qatar Stars League table on Friday.
Al Khor, playing at their home stadium, stunned the league leaders with goals from Abdulla Moraisi in the 17thminute and Ahmed Hammoudan in the 29th. But Duhail showed their fighting spirit was very much intact, recovering splendidly to assert their might.
Muntari was at the forefront of their comeback while Yousef Msakni netted their third goal as Duhail posted their seventh straight victory and eighth overall. The Red Knights have 26 points after ten rounds and are four points clear of the second-placed Al Rayyan.
Given their form, Duhail were expected to take Khor in their stride but they were in for a shock when Moraisi slotted in the first goal. Off a counter-attack, Thiago Bezerra darted down the right flank and sent in a cross that was sidefooted home in a flash by Moraisi.
Duhail’s position became worse when Bezerra set up Khor’s second goal as well. Chasing a long ball from his own half, Bezerra found Hammoudan in the middle with an excellent cross for the forward to tap home.
Hammoudan had a chance to put the game to bed soon after but Duhail goalkeeper Klaud Amin Lecomte made a fine save, blocking the forward’s shot.
Duhail celebrated the escape with their first goal, as Muntari rose high to head in a corner from Edmilson on the right in the 43rdminute. Rui Faria’s men then levelled the scores through a penalty in the 57th, after Mohd Al Jabri handled the ball off a Muntari header. Muntari himself converted the spotkick, coolly slotting it in for his seventh goal of the season.
Duhail completed their comeback in the 66thminute. Edmilson’s cross from the right caused disarray in the Khor defence and Muntari cleverly left the ball for Msakni to apply the finishing touches. On the sidelines, Faria sported an expression of relief as his team ensured full points, warding off further Khor attempts and protecting their lead.
In the other match of the day, Al Wakrah snapped their winless streak, stunning Al Ahli 2-1. It was their first win in seven matches.
Al Ahli took the lead through Nabil El Zhar in the 16thminute but Wakrah hit back through second-half goals from Ali Karami (51st) and Mohammed Benyettou (88th).