QSL: Al Sailiya Shock Al Gharafa with 3-2 Win

Doha, – Al Sailiya needed a stoppage time winner from striker Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov to defeat Al Gharafa 3-2 to give their survival chances a major boost on Thursday evening.

Sami Trabelsi’s team made a perfect start to the match against Al Gharafa taking the lead on the 24th minute through January signing Abdukholiqov. The Uzbeki striker latched onto a ball forward, getting the better of Gharafa defender George Kwasi before cooly slotting away the opening goal of the match.

Making up for his defensive mistake for the opening goal, Kwasi scored his sides equalizing goal on the 31st minute. A drifted freekick caused panic in the Al Sailiya penalty area, Mohammed Razak’s header rebounded of keeper Gregory Gomis leaving Kwasi with the simplest of finishes to settle the scores.

Seven minutes later Al Sailiya fought their way back into the lead, again with a January signing making a key contribution. Midfielder Wagner Ribero curled in a perfect cross which eluded keeper Yusef Hassan and found the back of the net. Sailiya headed into the first half break with a 2-1 lead.

Al Gharafa pushed hard for an equalizer and eventually broke Al Sailiya resistance in second half stoppage time. With 92 minutes on the clock, Johnson Kendrick cut the ball across the penalty area, fortunately Moayad Hassan was on hand to lash the ball in to level the scores at the death.

Al Sailiya had other ideas and in the final minute of extra time Abdukholiqov struck his second of the match to give his side a vital three points. Romanian winger Valentin Lazar saw his shot palmed away by Yusef Hassan falling into the path of the Uzbeki striker who made no mistake from close range to give Sami Trabelsi’s side a much needed win. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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