Hosts Al Khor and visitors Al Arabi played a 1-1 draw in a bravely-fought Qatar Stars League clash on Friday evening. Al Khor opened the scoring through Madson in the first half but AlArabi found the equaliser in the second half - via an own goal from the home side - at Al Khor Stadium.
In the early part of the match, Al Khor's Madson curled in a beautifully-taken free-kick that narrowly missed the crossbar in the 5th minute.Khor’s early pressure tolled as they grabbed the early goal following a freakish opportunity that fell in their lap in the 25th minute.
Al Arabi goalkeeper Mohammed Dawood failed to clear the ball inside his own box, a lapse that saw Al Khor's Aldbulkareem Ali try to snatch the lose ball. However, Madson emerged as the faster runner against Ali, charging towards the ball before easily slotting the ball home with a powerful strike to give his side the lead.
A few minutes later, Al Arabi's Luiz Jimenez produced a snap-header that clipped the Al Khor crossbar before going out of play, without troubling the Al Khor goal. In the second half, Al Arabi made the most of some good fortune when Al Khor's Abdulla Aisa was guilty of an own goal, allowing the visitors the much-needed equaliser in the 49th minute.
In the 56th minute, Al Khor's Madson produced a powerful shot that ricocheted off the Al Arabi woodwork.Neither side managed to score again as the game ended 1-1.
Ahli better Shahania 3-2
Al Shahaniya took on Al Ahli in round twenty three of the QSL at the Al Arabi Stadium on Friday. The five goal thriller ended in favour of Yousef Adam’s men after his side edged Shahania by a goal to win 3-2.
Al Ahli’s captain dependable Meshal Abdulla scored from the spot in the twenty second minute of the game to give his side the lead. The Qatari blasted the ball into the left side of the net and sent Shahania keeper, Jasem Al Hail, the wrong way. The first half ended with the Brigadiers a goal to the good.
In the second half, Yassine Chikhaoui doubled Al Ahli’s lead. After a swerving free kick by Ali Qadry was pegged back from the by-line, the Tunisian got on the end of it and sent the ball into the net with an improvised shot in the fifty eighth minute.
In the seventy first minute, Al Shahaniya reduced their opponents lead by scoring a goal of their own. Mohammed Sayar got his name on the score sheet after received the ball on the edge of the box and then hit a low shot straight into the goal past Al Ahli keeper, Amer Al Dossary.
Just four minutes later Al Ahli goal machine Ali Farydon scored a spectacular goal to make it 3-1. The Kuwaiti forward smashed the ball from about 15 yards out and the ball looped over the keeper and into the goal. The jubilant celebration which followed the goal and the despair on the faces of the Shahaniya players was a perfect summary for the game.
Late on in the ninety first minute, the Oryxes were gifted a goal to make it 3-2. The goal came after a massive error by Al Ahli Keeper Amer Al Dossary who failed to meet a back pass from team mate Meshal Budawood and let the ball slip into the net. The veteran keeper was lucky that the match ended soon after with his team collecting all three points.
The win takes Al Ahli to twenty seven points, while Igor Stimac’s men are left in the drop zone with seventeen points.