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Mohanad breaks duck as Duhail edge Al Sailiya

Red Knights go to the top of the table; Al Gharafa draw with Al Wakrah.
Duhail Sc's Khaled Mohammed (centre) Celebrates His Goal Against Al Sailiya
Duhail SC’s Khaled Mohammed (centre) celebrates his goal against Al Sailiya.

Mohanad Ali broke his goal drought with a strike of quality as Duhail Sports Club defeated Al Sailiya 2-1 to move to the top of the table in the Qatar Stars League on Thursday.

Mohanad, who joined Duhail at the start of the season, had failed to open his account and was sidelined due to an injury. But on this day, he helped Duhail nail full points, netting a vital 89th-minute goal to break a 1-1 deadlock at the Duhail Stadium.

Gaining a through pass from the midfield, the Iraqi player dribbled ahead and beat two defenders before placing the ball beautifully to the far post. His celebrations stemmed more from relief than from joy, more so because the goal turned out to be the match-winner.

Earlier, Duhail had taken the lead in the 24th minute through their 19-year-old striker Khaled Mohammed. Khaled was part of the Asian Cup winning squad but didn’t play a game. On the day, he fired in a superb shot from 25 yards out to justify the faith placed on him by coach Rui Faria.

But Sailiya equalised seven minutes later through a goal from just outside the penalty area by Abdulrahman Mohammed. Another draw loomed for Duhail but Mohanad had other ideas.

The Red Knights, who notched their fourth win, now have 14 points from six matches. They are two points ahead of champions Al Sadd, who have played two games less.

In the other game, Al Gharafa suffered a setback as they were held 3-3 by Al Wakrah.

Ahmed Alaaeldin (18th) put Gharafa ahead before Mohammed Benyettou equalised for Wakrah a minute later. Wakrah then stunned Gharafa through a Khalid Mazeed strike in the 30th minute.

The Cheetahs, however, drew level, thanks to Adlene Guedioura’s goal 11 minutes later. Refusing to give up in the first match of the season at their home ground, Wakrah went ahead thanks to Osmane Coulibaly’s 57th minute goal.

In a game of thrust and parry, Gharafa gained a point thanks to Koo Ja-Cheol’s 60th minute goal, his first of the season.

Gharafa are third with 11 points while Wakrah took their tally to seven and are placed sixth.