Doha, 5 October 2020 - The second round of Ooredoo Cup for the 2020/2021 sports season will kick off tomorrow, Monday, and will last for two days. The second round will start tomorrow with three matches, and all matches in the second round will be managed by Qatari referees. In the first match, Al Kharaitiyat will face Al Ahli in Round 2 (Group B) at the Al Arabi Stadium on Monday.
Al Kharaitiyat, who were promoted to this season's QNB Stars League by virtue of being the Second Division champions, made headlines by beating 2019-20 QNB Stars League runners-up Al Rayyan by a 4-1 margin in Round 1. Mohammed Osman, substitute Abdulrahman Mohammed and Rashid Tiberkanine (two goals) scored for Al Kharaitiyat, while Ali Ferydoon gave Al Rayyans lone reply.
Al Kharaitiyat will be keen to extend their winning run and The Thunders have the players to deliver the goods. Al Ahli, meanwhile, will look to make a turnaround as they had suffered a 1-5 defeat at the hands of Al Arabi in the first round. A victory will put The Brigadiers' campaign on track. Hamdi Harbaoui (two goals), Sebastian Soria, Mehrdad Mohammadi and Ibrahim Nasser Kalla scored for Al Arabi. Mohammed Al Naimi replied for Al Ahli. Al Gharafa, Umm Salal, Al Arabi and Al Rayyan are the other teams in Group B. In the second match, Umm Salal will face Al Arabi in Round 2 at the Al Arabi Stadium on Monday.
Umm Salal, who had lost 0-2 to Al Gharafa in their opener, will definitely look to make amends when they take on Al Arabi. The Orange Fortress have revamped their squad, mainly by recruiting a couple of overseas players, and their Moroccan coach Aziz Ben Askar, himself their former defender, will expect nothing less than a victory from his wards. On the other hand, Al Arabi are on a high after beating Al Ahli 5-1 in Round 1. The Dream Team will also look to make up for their lapses at the beginning of the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League, where they are languishing at the 11th position. Al Gharafa, Al Rayyan, Al Kharaitiyat and Al Ahli are the other teams in Group B. in the third match, Al Rayyan will face Al Gharafa at the Qatar SC Stadium.
Al Rayyan, who had finished as runners-up in the 2019-20 season QNB Stars League with just one point behind Al Duhail, have to put behind their disappointment of losing big-time (1-4) to Al Kharaitiyat in the opening round. The Lions Uruguayan coach Diego Aguirre will expect his wards to put up a much better performance against an Al Gharafa side, coached by Serb Slavisa Jokanovic. Al Gharafa, who had beaten Umm Salal 2-0 in Round 1, have stability in terms of the level of their overseas recruits and Qatari players. Umm Salal, Al Arabi, Al Kharaitiyat and Al Ahli are the other teams in Group B. Al Duhail will face Al Sailiya in Round 2 (Group A) of the 2020-21 season Ooredoo Cup at the Qatar SC Stadium on Tuesday.
Reigning QNB Stars League champions Al Duhail go into their first match in the tournament as their fixture against Al Sadd in Round 1 was postponed owing to both teams campaigns in the 2020 AFC Champions League. Al Duhail, who narrowly bowed out of the continents premier club tournament in the group stage, have players of outstanding calibre to put it across Al Sailiya even though The Red Knights have just parted ways with their Moroccan coach Walid Regragui by mutual consent. But Al Sailiya possess the wherewithal to put up a stiff challenge. The Peregrines, who had lost big-time (1-5) to Al Khor in the opening round, have players capable of piercing any defence. They had reinforced their squad ahead of the new season. Al Sadd will face Qatar SC at the Qatar SC Stadium on Tuesday.
Al Sadd are going into their first match in the tournament as their fixture against Al Duhail in Round 1 was postponed owing to both teams campaigns in the 2020 AFC Champions League. Al Sadd had progressed from the group stage of the continents premier club tournament, but lost out to Irans Persepolis in the knockout Round of 16 by a late goal.
The Wolves, currently placed second in the 2020-21 QNB Stars League which has taken a break after three weeks action, will definitely prove a handful for Qatar SC who too have players of calibre to face up to the challenge. Qatar SC, coached by ex-Qatar international midfielder Younis Ali, had played out a 1-1 draw with Al Wakrah in Round 1.
The Kings are now in eighth position in the 2020-21 QNB Stars League table. Al Duhail, Al Sailiya, Al Khor and Al Wakrah are the other teams in the group. In a final match, Al Khor will face Al Wakrah. Al Khor, who had to keep their place in the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League through play-off win over Second Division runners-up Al Markhiya, are in the process of a big transition in terms of technical staff and players. Subsequently, Frenchman Hantz Frederic has taken charge of the side.
Al Khor had beaten Al Sailiya by a 5-1 margin in Round 2 of the 2020-21 Ooredoo Cup with goals from Khaled Radwan, Mohammed El Sayed, Helal Mohammed, Said Brahimi and Jassim Al Muraikhi. The Knights will be eager to sustain the momentum when they meet Al Wakrah, who had played out a 1-1 draw with Qatar SC in the opening round. The Blue Wave, placed third in the 2020-21 QNB Stars League after three weeks of action, are sure to put up a stiff fight and that will make the contest thrilling. Al Duhail, Al Sailiya, Al Sadd and Qatar SC are the other teams in the group.