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Rodrigues strike seals Umm Salal’s QNB Stars League survival

Rodrigues strike seals Umm Salal’s QNB Stars League survival

Tribune News Network
Doha
The all-important strike from Kayke Rodrigues saw Umm Salal seal their survival in the QNB Stars League with a 1-0 win over Al Sailiya at the Hamad Bin Khalifa Stadium on Wednesday.
Rodrigues struck in the 59th minute as Umm Salal celebrated having avoided the relegation play-off against Second Division runners-up. Umm Salal moved to 21 points after their fifth victory, five more than 11th placed Al Khor with just one round of the league remaining.
Al Sailiya, the Ooredoo Cup champions, remained on 26 points and in eight place following their ninth defeat.
Umm Salal goalkeeper Baba Malick denied Al Sailiya an early goal, diving on his left to block Tiago Bezerra’s header in the second minute. Al Sailiya were keeping Malick busy with repeated attacks and looked in total control of the match. A dangerous hit by Al Sailiya’s Nadir Belhadj from outside the box following a corner kick just missed the target.
In a first attack from Umm Salal on the half-hour mark, Rabeh Yahia’s attempt was thwarted well by Al Sailiya goalkeeper Claude Amine, who ran to deny room to the striker.
Tiago wasted a penalty in the 36th minute as his push on the right struck the upright, though Malick dived in the opposite direction. Referee Abdulla Ali Athba, after consulting VAR, handed the penalty for Omar Yahya’s handball following a corner kick.
Five minutes before the break, Amine made a superb save diving on his right to deflect a spectacular free-kick taken by Kayke as first half ended in a stalemate.
The Orange Fortress returned as a better side, with Ahmed Hammoudan leading the attack soon after the second half started. They won a free-kick, around 10 yards outside the box, but this time Kayke’s hit from a difficult angle was off target.
Yahya warded off an attack by Al Sailiya in the 50th minute, diving to deflect a shot by Tiago from near the penalty area.
Kayke finally broke the deadlock, following a superb run by captain Lawrance Quaye inside the box. Quaye crossed the ball, which reached Kayke after taking Amine’s touch. The Brazilian’s first attempt took Ramin Rezaeian’s rebound, with Kayke giving no chance in his second hit, volleying the ball in the left corner to score the winning goal.
Malick was influential in parrying several Al Sailiya attacks later in the match as Umm Salal secured an impressive victory.
Later, Al Kharitiyat, who are already relegated to the second division, stunned Al Arabi 2-1. At the Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium, Al Arabi took the lead through Abdulaziz al-Ansari in the 14th minute.
But their lead lasted only 10 minutes as Oumar Sako equalised for Kharitiyat. After the break, Mohamed Osman found the net in 48th minute, which turned out to be the winner. Bottom-placed Al Kharaitiyat have 12 points, four less than Al Khor, while Arabi are in seventh place with 26 points.

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