QNB Stars League: Al Sadd Defeat Qatar SC
Al Sadd fought back from a goal deficit to beat Qatar SC 3-1 in Week 2 of the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League at the Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday.
Sebastian Soria (39th minute) opened the scoring for Qatar SC, but Al Sadd fought back with goals from Andre Ayew (63rd minute), Guilherme Torres (78th minute) and Baghdad Bounedjah (83rd minute).
In the sixth minute, Akram Afif found defender Mohammed Waad with a low flick inside the Qatar SC box, but the latter took the shot quickly, smashing the ball outside the net from close range.
Four minutes later, Afif sneaked into the Qatar SC box, but his shot from close range was blocked by keeper Jassim Al Hail.
Al Sadd once again came close to scoring through Ayew who fired a shot at goal, but the ball was blocked by keeper Al Hail again in the 21st minute.
Ten minutes on, Soria fired a shot from the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked by Salman Tareq.
Soon afterwards, Soria picked out Isaac Mbenza with a low cross inside the Al Sadd box, but the Belgian forward missed the target from close range.
Shortly afterwards, Soria made it 1-0 for Qatar SC following a solo run. After receiving a long cross from the left flank by Mbenza, Soria charged towards the Al Sadd goal with Jung Woo-Young giving him hot chase.
As Soria neared the goalmouth, Al Sadd keeper Meshaal Barsham stepped out to block the move, but the former lobbed the ball over his head to give his side the lead in the 39th minute.
Soon after the resumption of play, Al Sadds stand-in skipper Ali Asad charged into the box. However, his shot from close range was blocked by keeper Al Hail.
Moments later, Ayews snap-header from the centre of the box was a little wayward, but Al Sadd clearly showed momentum early in the second half. A snap-header from two metres by Bounedjah also missed the target in the 57th minute.
Six minutes later, Al Sadd produced a spectacular equalizer through Ayew, who beat two markers in front of him on the edge of the box to find the net. He unleashed a powerful left-footed drive that hit the net, with a dive from keeper Al Hail going in vain.
Al Sadd grabbed the lead in a similar fashion when an unmarked Torres after a short cross from Afif - positioned himself on the edge of the box and then produced a powerful shot that sailed past to the left of the goalkeeper.
Bounedjah added the third with a snap-header from close range in the following a lob from substitute Hassan Al Haydous.
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