DOHA: A fair number of records were set in the final weekend of Qatar Stars League (QSL) that ended with seven matches played on Friday.
This season has been historic as it was the first time that Qatar’s top professional league expanded from 12 to 14 teams.
Some were sceptical as to whether the expansion would result purely in quantity over quality, however, all teams showed that they had the ability to compete. Even lowly Muaither managed to cause a few scares.
Analysis of Goals and Assists: Top assists for the season was won by Khalfan Ibrahim of Al Sadd who not only assisted on 11 occasions but also scored 14 goals, bringing his combined total to 25. However, this was matched by Sebastian Saez’s who was also involved in 25 of his team’s goals, once we take into account his goals (18) and assists (7).
Although Alain Dioko won the accolade for most goals scored (22), once you add his assists, his overall contribution was 24 goals which is one digit less than Khalfan or Saez of Al Wakrah. Top creators were Khalfan and Youssef Msakni with 11 assists each, with the Korean Nam Tae-Hee and Moumouni Dagano just behind on 10 assists each.
Top Goalkeeper: Gregory Gomis made 90 saves this season beating last season’s record which was set by Omar Barry (64). This stat shows that Gomis actually contributed significantly to his team’s overall success as Al Sailiya finished in the top four, the first time in their history.
Effective playing time: Effective playing time is the actual minutes in a match where teams are actually playing positively and aiming to score, the QSL average currently stands 55 minutes.
A new effective playing time high was set at the Al Khor v El Jaish match with both sides playing effectively for an astonishing 80 minutes 38 seconds. Effective playing is normally higher when both teams are drawing and so it was in this game that finished goalless.
Player technical analysis: In the final round of QSL, El Jaish had some eye catching statistics with their goalless draw against Al Kor. This week saw some surprising statistics with Mohammed Methnani of ElJaish managing to attain a pass completion rate of 98.9% from an astounding 175 passes in the game against Al Khor.
To put that into context Xavi of Barcelona who is well known for his passing prowess has only manages on average 93 passes per game this season which makes you wonder if the players of both side were happy to just settle for a draw. El Jaish needed just a point to finish in second in the QSL and Al Khor too would avoid relegation with a draw.
For all of El Jaish’s passing (1043 passes- a new record) bizarrely no goals were scored from such a high passing rate and overall possession. El Jaish’s Abdulrahman Abubakar Issa completed 142 passes out of 142.
Player physical analysis: In the final week of QSL, Ali Ahmed Qadry the creative midfielder for Al Ahli popped up in three of the physical performance indicators in an open and exciting game against fourth place finishers Al Sailiya, the match finished 2-2 but could have been much higher. Ali Ahmed Qadry came top in high intensity distance covered, number of sprints and recovery time.
Team technical analysis: El Jaish had a record high 97.3% pass accuracy which was remarkable seeing as they passed the ball 1043 times!
However, they still failed to score even after such a high rate. Al Rayyan had a record 32 shots against poor Muaither as the lions aimed to secure their place in next season’s competition but ultimately failed.
Team physical analysis: Al Ahli and El Jaish dominated the whole of the team physical analysis stats except for distance covered which was won by Umm Salal. Al Ahli worked hard in their match against Al Sailiya winning the following stats: high intensity distance covered, number of sprints, sprint distance covered, high speed running distance and recovery time. El Jaish, one of the most consistent QSl sides, came top of jogging distance, top speed and average speed.