The Best of the Qatar Stars League – Round 24
Five goal scorers have made our stars of the league feature for round 24. Each player made a key contribution for their side when it mattered in front of goal for their respective sides. Moroccan striker Rachid Tiberkanine grabbed a goal and assist as Al Kharaitiyat made a vital move away from the drop zone with a 2-0 win over Al Ahli. The January signing was on hand to head in the opener on the 40th minute of the match and ten minutes later picked out Saoud Nasser who tapped in the second. Tiberkanine has been crucial to the Thunders survival push in recent weeks, and has two goals in his last three QSL games. The all action attacker will be hoping to further add to his tally further when Kharaityat take on already relegated Muaither on Friday evening. Al Shahania gave their survival hopes a major boost with a 4-1 win over Al Arabi, in what has to be considered to be one of the most impressive results of the round. Substitute Shahania striker Fahad Khalfan started and completed the Oryxes best move of the match, playing a sublime one-two pass before out pacing Arabi midfielder Talal Al-Bloushi and calmly scoring his sides third goal of the game. Al Khor’s diminutive Brazilian striker Madson delivered the goods again as the Knights defeated Al Wakrah 2-0 on Saturday to confirm the Blue Waves relegation to the second division. Madson picked up the ball just outside the box on the 35th minute and masterfully turned to smash the ball into the bottom left hand corner to open the scoring for his side. The former Santos man has been central to Khor’s good form down the years, and Jean Fernandez will be hoping for a nothing game changing performance from Madson when they take on relegation rivals Al Shahania next time out. Syrian international striker Mahmoud Al-Mawas scored a stoppage time goal for his Umm Salal side to confirm a 2-0 win over Al Gharafa on Sunday evening. Al-Mawas showed plenty of strength to shrug off an oncoming defender, before unleashing a near post shot that had the better of Gharafa keeper Yusef Hassan. The result meant that Umm Salal is undefeated in their last seven QSL games and could have an outside chance of securing fifth spot in the league. Finally, Al Sadd’s Iranian international defender Morteza Pouraliganji gets the nod for his contribution at both ends of the pitch as the Wolves defeated rivals Al Rayyan 4-1 in the Qatar Clasico. Pouraliganji looked assured in the centre of defence and a threat at set pieces for his side. This was certainly underlined on the stroke of half-time as Pouraliganji headed in to give his side a comprehensive 3-0 lead heading into the second half.