Doha, Umm Salal easily beat Al Wakrah 3-1 Saturday at the Qatar SC Stadium in the twelfth week of the Qatar Stars League (QSL).
Umm Salal's new manager, Mahmoud Jaber, was hoping his debut would improve the The Orange Fortress' recent form which has seen them lose their last two. Jaber's debut didn't start well though after Umm Salal found themselves trailing after just five minutes of play.
Wakrah's Uruguayan striker, Pablo Olivera, received a lay off from his fellow South American teammate, Paraguayan Pablo Zeballos, who managed to head down a long cross into his path and set him up to hit a volley from 24 yards out. Despite Olivera connecting well with the ball and putting it on target, Umm Salal's goalkeeper Baba Malick should have done better and he was quick to hold his hands up to apologise to his teammates.
With possession finely balanced and centred in midfield, Umm Salal managed to find a leveller on the 38th minute after on-loan Brazilian midfielder, Alf Santos, played a lovely through ball to Abdulaziz Al Yahari who along with Yannick Sagbo was able to beat Al Wakrah's attempted offside trap. Finding themselves two on one with Al Wakrah's goalkeeper, Al Yahari squared it to Sagbo once the goalkeeper had committed, allowing the big number 13 to make it 1-1 in front of an open goal from just three yards out.
Umm Salal took the lead seconds after the second half thanks to yet another assist from Al Yahari. Just two passes after kick-off, Sagbo picked out Al Yahari who had evaded his marker and beaten the offside trap. Al Yahari ran towards goal and drew a defender before cutting it back across the six yard box to a well-placed Dheyab Al Annabi who slotted home to give The Orange Fortress a 2-1 lead.
Umm Salal all but sealed the three points when they made it 3-1 on the 63rd minute. Al Yahari was again involved in the run of play, delivering a lovely ball to Sagbo down the right wing who was then able to run at Al Wakrah's defense before cutting it back to the edge of the 18 yard box where Umm Salal's number 11, Hilal Mohammed, was running in at pace.
?Hilal smashed the ball on the outside of his left boot to leave the goalkeeper with very little chance and bag his first goal of the season as it went low into the left hand corner of the goal. Umm Salal maintain their mid-table position while Al Wakrah's season goes from bad to worse.
Source: Qatar news Agency