Gutsy Al Kharaitiyat edge El Jaish
16 Feb 2017 - 22:19
Al Kharaitiyat yesterday relied on two late goals to deny El Jaish for a 2-1 victory in round 21 of the Qatar Stars League (QSL).
Elsewhere, striker Rodrigo Tabata struck twice in their easy 5-0 victory against football minnows Muaither while in another game, Baghdad Bounedjah lifted Al Sadd to the top of the points table with a hat-trick when they beat Al Arabi 7-0.
In a game played at Grand Hamad Stadium, El Jaish opened the scoring through Romarinho (7) but Al Kharaitiyat hit back in the second half when Abdulaziz Rashid Al Ansari (63) and Tiberkanine Rachid (64) produced quick goals to complete the win.
It was Al Kharaitiyat's only 6th win of the season whereas El Jaish - placed 4th in the QSL standings - wasted an opportunity to pick up three points.
Employing somewhat a cautious tactic, 'home team' Al Kharaitiyat, yesterday relied more on ball possession than to attack the visitor's penalty area at Grand Hamad Stadium.
But in the 7th minute, the script of the game changed rather swiftly. El Jaish flexed their muscles with purpose when quick-footed Romarinho opened the scoring for the visitors.
After a neat dribble close to the Al Kharaitiyat box, veteran Malian midfielder Seydou Keita intelligently picked out Romarinho - who slipped past two defenders before slotting the ball past Al Kharaitiyat goalkeeper Ahmed Sufian with low shot to the right of the goalmouth.
Five minutes later, El Jaish stalwart Keita produced a feeble shot from inside the Al Kharaitiyat box - beating the goalkeeper - but the ball narrowly slipped past the goalpost.
In the 15th minute, Al Kharaitiyat's Al Ansari - lurking inside the El Jaish's box - was denied by the woodwork. Al Ansari - after receiving a neat clip from the flank - produced a deft deflection from close range but his shot ricocheted off the crossbar. Four minutes from the first half whistle, striker Romarinho beat the Al Kharaitiyat defense but his shot - with only the goalkeeper to beat - hit Sufian's leg and deflected away in what was a golden opportunity to score for the visitors.
A minute later, Al Kharaitiyat's Mehadi Al-Khamasi was slapped with a yellow card for bringing down El Jaish's Ahmed Moein as the men in blue started showing their frustration with reckless tackling.
At the one-hour mark, Al Kharaitiyat's Domingos Santos fired one in from close range but his effort was declared off-side by the linesman, much to the dismay of the men in blue.
The turnaround for Al Kharaitiyat came rather quickly after sustained attacks in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
Poor marking by El Jaish's Yasir Abubakar Isa allowed Al Kharaitiyat's Al Ansari to deflect a corner kick easily into the net from close range in the 63rd minute.
A minute later, Al Kharaitiuyat grabbed the lead when substitute Rachid - after getting a neat pass - flicked one home on first attempt with goalkeeper Mubarak Al Khater in no position stop the low ball crashing into the net.