Rachid hat-trick powers Al Kharaitiyat to victory
09 Oct 2017 - 13:50
Armstrong Vas | The Peninsula
A hat-trick from midfielder Tiberkanine Rachid helped Al Kharaitiyat to register a resounding 4-2 win over Al Khor and collect their second successive win in the Group A match of the QSL Cup at Al Gharafa Stadium yesterday.
The 32-year-old Belgium-born Moroccan playmaker struck telling blows in crucial stages of the match to give full points to his side.
Rachid struck his first goal in the 61st minute and added a second one in the 75th minute while completing his hat-trick in the dying minutes to take the match away from the opposing team.
The first two quarters of the match saw both the teams fighting to get a firm hold over the proceedings. Both teams creating openings but were unable to add any goals against their name on the scoreboard.
Al Kharaitiyat finally ended the impasse in the 36th minute off a dead ball situation.
Al Kharaitiyat defender Gounerou Josue Mohy, who had moved up for the corner kick, outjumped his marker to connect the aerial ball to send it soaring into back of the nets, much to the delight of his team-mates.
Thereafter, both teams pressed hard for the goals but could not trouble the scorers, while going into the half time break score of 1-0 in favour of Al Kharaitiyat.
In the second half, Rachid opened up the rival defense with goal 16 minutes into the second session. Mohammed Abdulraab Al Yazidi covered a lot of ground on the right flank and square the ball for a perfectly positioned Rachid to make it 2-0 in favour of Al Kharaitiyat.
Al Khor rallied back and pulled one back in the 71st minute.
Brazilian Madson, who got hold a perfect through pass, made no mistake in side stepping the advancing Al Kharaitiyat keeper Saeid Nasrollah Monfared and guide the ball into an unguarded goal, 2-1.
Four minutes later, Al Kharaitiyat scored again with Rachid making no mistake with his second attempt after the first try came off the rival keeper, 3-1.
In the 81st minute, Al Khor reduced the margin to make it 3-2 with Saoud Mohammed Al Khallaqi beating the off side trap to place his shot past the onrushing goalkeeper.
Rachid struck his third goal of the match, to make sure there were no hiccups for his side at the fag end of the match.
The Moroccan, who was entrusted with the spot kick, which was awarded after Adul Hadi Amin was adjudged to be have been brought down unfairly by the rival keeper in an one-to-one situation, made no mistake with the penalty kick sending the goal tender the wrong way, to make it 4-2 and ensure full points for his side.
Al Kharaitiyat now have six points from two matches.