Doha, - Al Ahli took on Al Sailiya in round twenty-one of the Qatar Stars League (QSL) at the Al Ahli stadium on Friday. A first half goal by Sailiya, a missed penalty and a goal from each side in the last ten minutes of the game were some of the highlights of the game as Sami Trabelsi's men registered the 2-1 victory.
Al Sailiya's Temurkhuja Abdukholikov scored the first goal of the game just before the halftime whistle in the forty-fifth minute. The goal came after a Sailiya corner kick came off the head of Al Ahli's Yassin Chikhaoui into the path of the Uzbek striker who hit it on the volley into the goal from a narrow angle.
The second half was full of excitement and controversy as Al Ahli were pushing for the equalizer while Sailiya looked to maintain their lead and a second goal. Sailiya defender, Mohammad Jumaa got himself a red card in the seventy-ninth minute when he cleared the ball off the goal line with his hand.
The resulting penalty was taken by Yassine Chikhaoui whose effort was saved by Gregory Gomis in the Sailiya goal. The penalty saves proved fortunate for Mohammad Jumaa who's dismissal meant that his team had to play the rest of the match with ten men.
Just two minutes after the missed penalty Al Ahli equalised courtesy of a show stopping finish by Ali Ferydoon. The on-loan Al Shamal forward chested down a cross inside the box, dribbled his way to the edge of the box and then hit a powerful shot which pinged off the post and into the goal.
Just when it looked like the game was going to end honours even, however Sailiya regained their lead in the dying moments of the game. January signing Valentin Laz?r pounced on a botched clearance and curled the ball into the net past Al Ahli keeper Amer Al Dossari. The winning goal was the Romanian's first goal for the Peregrines.
The last gasp win takes Sami Trabelsi's men up to ninth in the table with twenty-three points. While Yousef Adam's men are in seventh place with twenty-four points from twenty-one games. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency