DOHA: Al Gharafa managed to salvage a 2-2 draw against Al Arabi through a controversial penalty at the Thani Bin Jassim Stadium yesterday.
The game, which was billed as the Qatar Stars League’s (QSL) match of the week, certainly lived up to expectations and was played at a furious face despite the sweltering conditions.
Al Gharafa playing at home opened the scoring through A. Majeed in the 13th minute, but Paulinho quickly equalised for Al Arabi in the 22nd minute.
Imoh Ezekiel then gave Al Arabi the lead in the 27th minute.
The game in the second half raged from end to end with both teams battling hard and creating chances.
Al Gharafa finally found their second goal when M. Salem brought down Abdul Ghani Muneer with a careless tackle.
Although replays clearly showed the incident had taken place outside the box — the referee sent Salem packing with a second yellow card, followed by a red card, and gave a penalty.
Nene made no mistake and coolly put the ball in the back of the net.
On Wednesday Al Gharafa head coach Marcos Paqueta had said that Al Arabi often play some of the most entertaining matches in the league, and he was certainly proven right yesterday.
In yesterday’s other matches, Al Wakra beat Al Shamal 1-0 via a penalty at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium and Al Ahli had a strong showing against Qatar SC.
Home side Qatar SC started the scoring at the Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium through Algerian international Rafik Halliche in the eighth minute but Al Ahli equalised in the 43rd minute. Just two minutes later, M. Khamis put Al Ahli ahead. The third goal came in the second half.