Qatar SC outclass Umm Salal for second victory
Former champions give their struggling campaign a boost with 5-0 verdict; Wakrah, Al Khor play goalless draw
Qatar Sports Club enjoyed their brightest night of the season in the Qatar Stars League as they hammered Umm Salal 5-0 on Thursday.
It was only Qatar’s second victory of the season and it should give them a big confidence boost as they look to revive their sagging fortunes. The immediate impact of their win was a surge to the ninth position while Umm Salal slipped to the 11th spot.
At the Al Duhail Stadium, Qatar played a pleasing attacking game, coming up with some fine moves to cash in on a weak defensive display by Umm Salal. Qatar goalkeeper Jassim Al Hail also made a clutch of fine saves to frustrate the opposition.
- Al Wakrah 0 drew with Al Khor 0.
- Qatar Sports Club 5
(Elmehdi Barrahma 13th, Sardar Rashidov 63rd, Ismail Dahqani 70th OG, Abdenasser Elkhayati 89th, Adel Abdulaziz 90th) bt
Umm Salal 0.
Qatar led 1-0 at half-time, through an Elmehdi Barrahma goal in the 13th minute. They then fired in four more goals after Umm Salal were reduced to 10 men, following a red card to defender Rami Fayez, in the 62nd minute.
Fayez’s foul on Barrahma had led to the first Qatar goal, with the referee Nayef Al Kadri awarding a free-kick. A two-man wall was not enough to stop a fierce drive from Barrahma from just outside the penalty area.
Qatar kept that lead well into the second half, after warding off efforts from Yannick Sagbo and Mahmoud Al Mawas. Umm Salal then caved in spectacularly after Fayez received his second yellow card from Al Kadri, this time for bringing down Muattaz Majed Bostami.
With another weak wall in front, Sardar Rashidov’s fierce left-footer from 25 yards out beat goalkeeper Yazan Naim comprehensively. An own goal by Ismail Dahqani in the 70th minute then compounded Umm Salal’s woes. Dahqani, trying to cut off a Rashidov cross from the left, only managed to put the ball into his own net.
Qatar rubbed salt into Umm Salal’s wounds in the last few minutes with two more goals. Abdenasser Elkhayati struck a crisp shot from edge of the penalty area to the far post for the fourth goal in the 88th minute. He then served up a nice cross from the right for Adel Abdulaziz to nod home the fifth in injury time as a demoralised Umm Salal crashed to their fifth defeat.
In the first match of the day, Al Wakrah and Al Khor played out a goalless draw at the Wakrah Stadium.
Wakrah are eighth with eight points while Al Khor are 10th with five, unable to show the energy they displayed in the early matches.