DOHA: Defending champions Al Sadd missed out on the chance to close the gap on points leaders Eljaish after being held to a 1-1 draw by Al Gharafa in round seven of Qatar Stars League (QSL) yesterday.
Former PSG striker Nene gave Al Gharafa the lead in the 27th minute but Ali Cumber equalised for the visitors in the 40th minute following a well-taken team move.
Ibrahim Al Ghanem was sent off for Al Gharafa deep into stoppage time for two bookable offences.
Al Sadd are now in fourth position with 12 points, while Al Gharafa have four points less.
In other results yesterday, Al Rayyan a scored late winner to edge past Al Kharaitiyat in a thrilling 3-2 victory.
After falling behind to Joseph Kadioa (39), goals from Karim Salem (44), Nilmar (75) put Al Rayyan ahead before Jesse John (77) made it all square.
Mohammed Salah Nile struck deep into stoppage (90+2) to help the Emir Cup champions register their second win of the season.
Al Rayyan are now in 10th position with a points tally of seven.
Al Kharaitiyat are one position ahead of them thanks to a better goal difference.
Qatar SC also picked up three points, courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Al Ahli.
Mohammed Omar Saeed (11) and Adriano Martins (77) were on target as Qatar SC now occupy sixth spot in the standings. Al Ahli remain in 13th position with a tally of five points.
Muaither registered their second victory of the season thanks to a wonderful long-range effort by Campos (41) in his side’s match against Al Arabi.
Muaither have seven points, and sit in 11th position, while Al Arabi have eight points and occupy seventh position.