Al Sailiyah’s Keehee Kim (in blue) and Al Sadd Mohammed Kasola vie for the ball during their Qatar Stars League (QSL) match at Al Sadd Stadium yesterday. RIGHT: Eljaish forward Abdulgader Al Yass Baker scores the opening goal during the QSL match at Qatar SC Stadium yesterday, Al Gharafa’s goalkeeper Qasem Burhan (in green), midfielder Jawed Akeel Ahannach (left) and Ibrahim Abdulla Al Ghanim are also seen. PICTURES BY: ABDUL BASIT/KAMMUTTY VP
DOHA: Julio Cesar scored a brace to help Al Khor win 3-1 against Al Rayyan in their Qatar Stars League (QSL) match yesterday.
The Brazilian midfielder netted in the 42nd and 82nd minutes with well-taken strikes.
Maidson scored Al Khor’s third three minutes from time.
Brazilian striker Nilmar equalised for Al Rayyan on the half-hour mark.
Meanwhile, QSL points leaders Al Sadd crushed bottom side Al Sailiyah 3-0 at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.
Qatari striker Ibrahim Khalfan scored a brace, before defender Nadir Belhadj netted Al Sadd’s third deep into stoppage time.
In another result, Eljaish beat Al Gharafa 2-0 at Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium.
In the match between Al Rayyan and Al Khor, Cesar gave the visitors the lead with a crisp finish three minute before the half-time whistle.
The 33-year-old played a quick one-two with his team-mate before unlashing a low shot that beat the goalkeeper.
The goal had stunned the home side especially Al Rayyan coach Diego Aguirre, who saw his team play well in the first half.
In the second half, Aguirre saw his side level in the 61st minute through summer signing Nilmar.
Rodrigo Tabata’s cross was undealt with by the Al Khor defence, and after a pass was rolled into Nilmar’s path, the former Villarreal striker made no mistake from six yards out.
Nilmar’s goal had no bearing on Al Khor, who grew in confidence as the match went on.
The visitors were rewarded with their hard work, when they stretched Al Rayyan’s defence, which left space for Cesar to net his second of the match eight minutes from time.
As the home side pushed for the equaliser, Al Khor struck again, this time through Madison on the 87th minute mark to put the game beyond Al Rayyan.
Following yesterday’s result, Al Khor currently occupy eighth spot with 17 points in the QSL standings, having registered the fourth victory of the season.
Al Rayyan’s defeat was their second successive, who drop to fourth place in the standings.
Aguirre’s side has 26 points to date.
Meanwhile, Al Sadd continued their impressive season with another big win at home.
Khalfan gave the home side the lead in the 43rd minute.
Shortly after half-time Khalfan was again on the scoresheet, this time courtesy of a penalty.
As Al Sadd dominated the 15th QSL round match, Algeria’s Belhadji made it 3-0 in the second minute of stoppage time.
It was Al Sadd’s 13th win of the season, who has a goal difference of 23.
It was also the QSL points leaders third successive victory and have a six-point gap over defending champions Lekhwiya.
Al Sailiyah is rooted to the bottom, and is in danger of being relegated to the second tier.
The bottom side have lost their last six matches and are eight points behind second-placed side Al Arabi.
Al Sailiyah have only won once this season, and drawn two matches.
Elsewhere, Eljaish’s Bakoor Elias gave the hosts the lead when he broke the offside trap and and converted his team-mate’s cross in the 19th minute.
Three minutes from time, Wagner Ribeiro doubled the lead to put the game beyond doubt.
Yesterday’s result means Eljaish leap-frog Al Rayyan into third position with 28 points, following their ninth victory of the season.
Al Gharafa are in 5th position with 22 points. THE PENINSULA