Doha, - Al Sailiya on Tuesday were thoroughly tested by newcomers Muaither as the men in blue won a hard-fought clash 1-0 at Al Ahli stadium.Al Sailiya's Sayaf Al-Korbi produced the only goal of the match in the 34th minute of the round 10 clash in the Qatar Stars League (QSL).
Muaither attacker Ayoub Ouadrassi missed two easy chances in the first seven minutes, both from close range shots that were expertly blocked by Al Sailiya goalkeeper Gregory Gomis. Minutes later Muaither's Brazilian midfielder William Schuster raced towards the Al Sailiya goal but with only goalkeeper to beat, he misfired as the ball ricocheted off the legs of 'keeper Gomis in the tenth minute.
Seconds later, Al Sailiya notched their first chance of note thanks Cameroonian import Paul Efoulou. The 33-year-old striker hoodwinked Muaither defenders Huthaifa Al-Salemi and Saeed Eisa before slotting the ball past keeper Basel Zaidan but the shot narrowly missed the goalpost.
In the 34th minute, Al Sailiya opened the scoring through Al Korbi. Mubark Al-Saadi produced a cross from the flank only to see a team-mate's header blocked by Muaither goalkeeper Zaidan. The lose ball fell to the feet of Al Korbi who headed home with consummate ease to give his side the lead.
In the first 20 minutes of the second half, Muaither clearly showed greater urgency to find the equaliser but lack of quality in front of the Al Saliya goalmouth restricted the newly promoted side.
Two minutes later, Muaither's Al Salemi wasted an open-goal chance when he ended up touching the ball with his hand in an attempt to deflect a header from close range. In the 84th minute, a missed chance by Ayoub Ouadrassi from close range summed up the day for Muaither who produced sustained attacks in the second half.
Source: Qatar News Agency