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Bounedjah ends goal drought as Al Sadd pip Qatar SC

Bounedjah ends goal drought as Al Sadd pip Qatar SC

Tribune News Network
Doha
Baghdad Bounedjah’s injury-time header ensured Al Sadd kept up the pressure on the top two teams as the Lions pipped a resilient Qatar Sports Club by a lone goal at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday.
The Algerian, last season’s highest goal-scorer, has struggled in front of goal, managing just 13 goals so far compared to a record-breaking 39 previous year. This was his first goal for Al Sadd since December 2019.
The win moves Al Sadd one point behind Al Rayyan and just two behind leaders Al Duhail.
In other games on Thursday, Cristian Ceballos netted a 74th-minute penalty to heap more misery on Al Ahli as Al Wakrah edged the 10-man Brigadiers by a lone goal. At the same time, Al Arabi dropped to seventh after a disappointing 1-0 loss against Al Sailiya in the early kickoff.
Without the injured Akram Afif, Al Sadd’s attack failed to live up to the mark despite dominating proceedings.
Bounedjah first tested Qatar SC goalkeeper Motasem Majed 15 minutes in, but the stand-in goalie was equal to the task.
QSC’s top goalscorer this season Kayke soon had a chance to find the net but Saad Al Dossari parried to safety as the first half ended goalless.
Al Sadd desperately tried to find the winner, but QSC held firm but the reigning champions were not to be denied when an unmarked Bounedjah headed in a Rodrigo Tabata corner kick from the left.
Al Wakrah defeated a hapless Al Ahli 1-0 thanks to Cristian Ceballos’ penalty in the 74th minute, handing an 11th league defeat to Ahli this season.
Al Ahli had to play with one man less, half of the match as Ahmed Akaichi received his second yellow card and marching orders after he fouled Al Wakrah’s Ousmane Coulibaly in the 45th minute.
Al Wakrah goalkeeper Saoud Al Khater twice thwarted al Ahli’s Hazem Shehata and Akaichi headed wide of the target, while Al Wakrah’s Omar Ali and Murad Naji made attempts at the goal in the first half.
Soon after the start of the second half, Al Ahli’s Abdulrasheed Umaru hit the post.
At the other end, Al Wakrah’s Meshaal Abdulla’s goalbound shot was blocked by rival defender Shane Lowry.
Ceballos, making up for his long injury layoff, converted the penalty awarded when Meshaal was brought down by Mohammed Diame.
Meshaal was unlucky in the 85th minute as he sent his shot against the crossbar.
Al Sailiya also recorded a significant 1-0 victory over Al Arabi at the Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday.
Mohammed Abuzraik scored the all-important goal in the 47th minute.
Al Sailiya had goalkeeper Amine Lecomte, on loan from league leaders Al Duhail, to thank especially, for his rich experience and expertise.
Al Arabi sorely missed the services of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, and his strike partner Hamdi Harbaoui had a somewhat subdued game.
Al Sailiya scored not long after the resumption through Abuzraik, who, after receiving a measured through pass from Mohammed Mudather from the middle, brilliantly evaded the marking of Al Arabi defender Marc Martinez and sent in the ball past goalkeeper Mahmoud Abunada.
Lecomte drew all his experience to block a Hamdi free-kick in the 62nd minute and thwarted substitute, Ibrahim Nasser Kalla, as The Dream Team pushed hard to make a breakthrough.Results
Al Sailiya 1 (Mohammad Abu Zrauq 47’) Al Arabi 0
Al Sadd 1 (Baghdad Bounedjah 90+8’) Qatar SC 0
Al Ahli 0 Al Wakrah 1 (Cristian Ceballos 74’ pen)

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