DOHA: Lekhwiya continued their flying start at the Qatar Stars League (QSL) when they routed hosts Al Khor 3-0 here yesterday.
Having thrashed the Qatar Sports Club 5-0 in their first game last weekend, Michael Laudrup’s side maintained their form in the second game as well.
However, they had to wait for 43 minutes for their first goal that came through Nam Labyrinthine.
The defending champions, like their previous game, came back stronger in the second half to dominate proceedings of the final session.
Mohamed scored his first and second from Lekhwiya, making no mistake on a smart ball from Youssef Msakani in the 58th minute.
Four minutes later, Sebastian Soria struck to seal another resounding victory for the title contenders.
In another match of the day, Umm Salal edged out El Jaish 2-1, thanks to a goal from Mohammed Abubakar, nine minutes before full-time.
Earlier, El Jaish took lead through Yasser Abu Bakr Isa in the 13th minute which was levelled by Jeremy Dridi.
In today’s matches, Al Wakrah will meet Al Shamal at the Soud bin Abdalrahman Stadium while Al Gharafa will take on Al Arabi at the Thani bin Jassim Stadium. The other match of the day will be played between Qatar SC and Al Ahli.
Meanwhile, Al Shamal head coach believes his side can get their first win in Al Wakrah.
Diliberto said that he is confident after seeing his side perform well against Kharaitiyat last week.
“We want to continue how we started,” Diliberto said. “Al Wakrah is a good team, and they too have some good players. Every game will be tough; we cannot afford to have a bad day in this league. In the last game we had the chances to score one or two but the draw was okay, the spirit is good and that gives me confidence.”
Dutch player Said Boutahar added: “Wakrah has a stronger team than many others - we see every game as a final and we need the points.”
Asked whether playing his old club would be positive or a hindrance, Boutahar said: “For me it is a special game, I used to play for them before and hopefully it will give me extra motivation to do well. But this is normal and I have experience in these situations,” he said.
Diliberto rounded up by stressing that it will take a few games before he will really know where the team stands. “Although we lost two points at least we didn’t lose the game and we need a few more games to gauge how things will pan out in the season ahead.”