Saturday, 04 December 2021 05:37 GMT

Bounedjah brace helps Al Sadd to victory


(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Reigning champions Al Sadd slammed four goals in the second half to ease past Al Arabi 4-0 in the QNB Stars League at the Khalifa International Stadium on Friday.
Sadd fifth win in a row ensured Xavi Hernandez's men stay at the top of the table with a maximum 15 points as their main rival Al Duhail will not be in action this week as their match against Al Wakrah was postponed to a later date due to the health measures that prevented Duhail players from participating in training and matches.
After a goalless first half, prolific striker Baghdad Bounedjah scored in the 59th and 76th minutes, captain Hassan al-Haydous (61st minute) and Andrew Ayew (82nd-minute penalty) found the net apiece. Al Arabi remained on nine points after suffering their second defeat. The Dream Team have won three matches.
Al Arabi proved good match for Al Sadd in the first half, but faded in the second. Al Sadd had more of the chances and had a goal scored by Ali Asad disallowed because Bounedjah had committed a foul on Al Arabi's Ahmed Fathi just before the goal was scored.
During the session, Al Sadd's Bounedjah had his header went over the bar and had his shot come off the upright, while team-mate Andre Ayew's shot was blocked by the Al Arabi defence. Al Arabi captain Abdullah Marafi's feeble shot was saved by goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham. For Al Arabi, Yousef Msakni and Mehrdad Mohammadi too made efforts at scoring.
After a barren first half, the match came alive around the hour mark. Bounedjah opened the scoring off a rebound from goalkeeper Mahmoud Abunada, who fumbled with collection of a Abdelkarim Hassan long-range shot. The Algerian striker only had to tap the ball in with his head.
Al-Haydous soon doubled the lead with a long-ranger off a pass from Akram Afif. Mehrdad hit a rising shot against the left upright in the 65th minute.
Bounedjah had a goal ruled offside in the 74th minute, but he scored a second time a couple of minutes later as Akram provided him with the assist. New recruit Ayew rounded off the tally by converting a penalty awarded after Fathy pulled down Akram.
In another match yesterday, Al Sailiya and Al Khor played out a goalless draw at the Khalifa International Stadium. Al Sailiya raised their points to four, while Al Khor are on three points.    

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