Al Sadd go top of League as Al Duhail suffer first loss

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Al Sadd defeated champions Al Duhail 3-1 in their 2018-19 season QNB Stars League match on Tuesday. The game was rescheduled from Week 9 due to Al Sadd’s AFC Champions League.

A Lucas Mendes own goal in the ninth minute, substitute Salem Al Hajri’s thumping shot in the 89th and Baghdad Bounedjah’s strike (90+4) secured valuable three points for Al Sadd in front of a sizeable crowd at the Al Sadd Stadium.

 

 

Al Sadd displaced Al Duhail from the top of QNB Stars League standings with 38 points, while the latter stood at 36 points. It was also The Red Knights’ first defeat this season.

The Wolves thus registered their twelfth triumph, the most by any group. Al Duhail are second with 11 wins. 

Al Sadd were without harmed left-back Abdelkarim Hassan, who was as of late named as Asia's best player, while Al Duhail kept on missing South Korean midfielder Nam Tae-Hee, who got harmed while on obligation for his nation. 

Al Duhail dashed to an early lead as El Arabi hammered in a punishment, granted after Al Sadd safeguard Boualem Khoukhi ‘handled’ the ball inside the box following a shot by Karim Boudiaf.

Al Sadd were soon on level terms with their opponents as Lucas Mendes guided Akram Afif's cross from the left into his own goal in an offer to clear the ball to wellbeing. 

It looked as though Lucas was offering some kind of reparation, yet he sent his volley directly to Al Sadd goalkeeper Saad Al Dossari. Paolo Edmilson's putting shot at that point missed the objective by inches. 

Baghdad Bounedjah thought of a rakish shot in the 38th moment. Despite the fact that Pedro Miguel kept running towards the Al Duhail goal to gesture the ball home, he was off-target. 

Al Duhail constrained four corners contrasted with Al Sadd's one in the primary half despite the fact that ball ownership was relatively equal.

Al Sadd made more possibilities in the second half, which began with Khoukhi sending a free-kick directly to Al Duhail goalkeeper Khalifa Aboobacker. 

At the opposite end, Edmilson took over the block off a cross from Almoez Ali. 

The game gathered more pace and Akram just missed the mark after Bounedjah set the stage for him.

Salem, who replaced South Korean midfielder Jung Woo-Young in the second half, at long last broke the stop towards the end and Bounedjah fixed the issue right at the death.

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