Hassan back as Al Sadd ease past Al Shahania
First win for Wolves in Ooredoo Cup; Al Rayyan outgun Al Ahli as Tabata returns to action from injury.
Abdelkarim Hassan returned to action for Al Sadd after more than a month as the Qatar Stars League champions got their Ooredoo Cup campaign back on track with a 3-1 win against Al Shahania on Friday.
Hassan had been kept out of the squad by Al Sadd ever since his red card against Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League semifinal first-leg on October 1. But he has been training with the main squad and finally made a return, even though with a largely second-string team.
He played the entire game and set up Al Sadd’s third goal for Talal Bahzad in the 64th minute, dribbling up and passing the ball to the latter to drill home from at the edge of the penalty area.
Al Sadd had lost their first Group A match to Al Wakrah but on this day, they got off to a good start at the Al Khor Stadium with a goal in the seventh minute by Rami Suhail.
Abdulaziz Al Ansari doubled the lead in the 34th minute before Bahzad completed the tally in the second half.
Shahania, who suffered their second straight defeat, netted their consolation goal in the 74th minute through Aldoukali Al Baoure, who converted a penalty after he himself was brought down inside the penalty area.
Also in Group A, Al Rayyan drubbed Al Ahli 4-1 at the Al Ahli Stadium. Rodrigo Tabata, returning to action after an injury-induced break, scored for Rayyan first in the 37th minute, nullifying a fourth-minute strike by Al Ahli’s Nabil El Zhar.
Sebastian Soria (48th), Khaled Ali (82nd ) and Abdulaziz Hazaa (84th ) were the other Rayyan scorers as they moved to the top of the group table with six points.
Also at the Al Ahli Stadium, Al Wakrah and Umm Salal played out a goalless draw.