Al Sailiya move to third spot in QSL

February 14, 2014 - 2:27:34 am

Action from the Qatar Stars League match between Al Arabi and Muaither SC in Doha yesterday. Muaither won 2-0. Report on page 22

DOHA:  Al Sailiya edged Al Wakra 3-2 in the 20th round match of the Qatar Stars League at Al Rayyan Stadium.

Moumouni Dagano scored a  doubel for the winners with goals in the (8th and 60th).

Abdulrahman Al Harazi (53rd) scored the third one.

Former Qatar international Hussein Yasser had given Wakra the lead which lasted for just one minute.

Dutch playmaker Said Boutahar (91st) scored the second one in injury time.

With yesterday’s win Al Sailiya took their tally to 32 points and moved to the third place while Al  Wakra remained on 22 points.

In the other matches yesterday, Muaither SC punished struggling Al Arabi 2-0, while Umm Salal defeated Al Khor 1-0.

Meanwhile, Al Sadd will welcome stuttering Al Gharafa to Al Sadd Stadium today where the visitors will be desperate to take all three points. 

The wolves are in third spot with 31 points and will be aiming to finish the season in the top two so as to qualify automatically for the AFC Champions League.

Al Gharafa currently lie in 9th and need a win after being beaten convincingly by the league leaders Lekhwiya.

Al Gharafa’s form has been one of inconsistency, with a win followed by three consecutive losses then a draw and another loss. This has been their main weakness in the second half of the season and has left them in the doldrums of mid table. 

They face an Al Sadd team who has strengthened with key signing Tabata who has slotted in very nicely and will be the source of the creative output by the wolves. 

If Al Gharafa can find a way to keep him quiet then they may just have a chance to put one over on the home team. Al Sadd too has suffered from inconsistency of late by losing then wining and drawing in their last three games. 

Ammouta’s men know that they cannot afford to lose any more points if they want to regard this season as any kind of success. Both sides are shadow of the former selves and will hope that next season inconsistency doesn’t plague them. Al Sadd should go into this game the more confident, being in third place and coming off a draw.   The Peninsula

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