Haydos nets his 100th goal in big Al Sadd win
Midfielder reaches the milestone for his club as the reigning champions drub Al Shahania 7-1.
The timer on the giant scoreboard at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium had ticked just past 44 minutes when Hassan Al Haydos stepped up to take a free-kick from 20 yards out. Showing supreme nonchalance, Al Sadd’s experienced midfielder beat the wall and also Al Shahania goalkeeper Khalifa Nasser Al Dosari before breaking into a little celebration.
Haydos’ team-mates too joined in and hoisted the player up, for they knew the significance of the goal – it was the 28-year-old’s 100th goal in the colours of Al Sadd, the only club he has played for in a long and distinguished career.
There were goals galore as Sadd toyed with Shahania to post a 7-1 victory, their second straight one in the Qatar Stars League. But none was more special than the Haydos strike, which was a reward for his talent, perseverance and longevity, having made his first-team debut for the club at the age of 17.
Well before Haydos’ milestone moment arrived, the game had been over as a contest. Within the first half hour, Sadd were four goals up and even at half-pace, they could break through the Shahania defence at will. Enjoying a bright night, Sadd’s Algerian hit man Baghdad Bounedjah netted three goals while Boualem Khouki and Abdelkarim Hassim scored one goal apiece.
Playing their first match after their defeat against Al Nassr in the AFC Champions League first-leg quarterfinal, Sadd took control of the proceedings quickly, with Akram Afif pulling strings from the midfield. He set up the first two goals for Bounedjah – the first with a beautiful cross that the Algerian headed in, and second with a pass from the centre of the field that the striker controlled well to apply the finishing touches.
Khouki, firing in from a tight angle, made it 3-0 before Shahania’s Salih Al Yahri deflected in a Bounedjah shot off a Haydos cross from the right. A thundering header from Hassan off an Afif corner powered Sadd ahead 5-0, setting the stage for the Haydos special.
With Sadd up by six goals without reply, the second half was understandably a pedestrian affair. Bounedjah, the man who had scored 39 league goals last season, applied finishing touches to a Pedro pass for the seventh Sadd goal. He could have had one more, but for VAR stepping in rather late to spot a foul earlier in the play.
Amidst all the Sadd mastery, Shahania pulled one back through Ali Ferydoun but it was of little consolation.
After two rounds, Sadd lead the table with six points, being the only team with a clean record. Shahania are at the bottom, having lost both their matches.
In the day’s other match, Al Ahli blanked Al Sailiya 3-0 at the Al Janoub Stadium in Wakrah.
Abel Hernandez scored two goals and Abdullah Al Ahrak one as Ahli bounced back after their 1-3 defeat to Al Arabi last week.