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Sunday, March 20, 2011

QSL Week 18 – Lekhwiya one step closer


Lekhwiya are one step closer to winning Qatar Stars League title in their first ever season in the competition, after they defeated bottom of the table Al Ahli 2-1

The team, led by French-Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi, are now eight points clear at the top of the table, after their nearest rivals Al Arabi were defeated 1-2 on Friday by Qatar sc.
With four weeks to go till the end of the season, Lekhwiya now needs five points to secure the title.

Lekhwiya had most of the possession yesterday against struggling Al Ahli, Qatar's oldest football club, and they took the lead after 36 minutes through Jasur Hasanov. The Uzbek international received the ball near the box and had all the time and space to sent a powerful shot that took a slight deflection before nestling in the bottom corner.

The league leader found themselves reduced to 10 men in the final minutes of the first half after their top scorer Mohamed Razak was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Al Ahli made their numerical advantage count in the second half, and leveled the score in the 67th minute through substitute Adel Ahmed who showed a lot of skill before beating goalkeeper Baba Malick.

But Lekhwiya had the final word when team captain Abdul Salam Ouaddou headed in from close range in injury time to give his team the valuable three points.

Meanwhile, defending champions Al Gharrafa crashed Al Kharitiyath 5-1, in a match that also saw them wasting two penalty kicks, to move to second place with 34 points and only on goal difference from al Al Arabi.

Iraqi international Younis Mahmoud netted a hat-trick while the other goals came from Meghani Al Zain and Lawrence Quaye.

Round 18 – Sunday March 20th 2011
Umm Salal vs. Al Rayyan (18:15 Doha Time – Qatar sc stadium) Al Wakra vs. Al Sadd (20:15 Doha Time – Al Wakrah Stadium)

Al Rayyan can move to second place today if they beat Umm Salal and sixth-placed Al Sadd will be aiming to revive their hopes of a Heir Apparent cup spot when they visit Al Wakra.