Doha, 18 October 2020 - Al Duhail defeated Qatar SC 2-1 in Week 4 of the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League at the Al Duhail Stadium on Saturday.
Eduardo Rodrigues (Dudu) and Almoez Ali scored in the 12th and 39th minute (penalty) respectively for Al Duhail, while Abdulaziz Adel reduced the margin for Qatar SC in the 48th minute.
Reigning champions Al Duhail moved on to six points with their second victory, while Qatar SC remained on three points following their third defeat.
Al Duhail have a game in hand as their high-voltage clash against Al Sadd in Week 3 was postponed owing to both teams’ commitments in the 2020 AFC Champions League. It is scheduled for Wednesday, 21st October, at the Al Duhail Stadium (18:45 kick-off).
Al Duhail opened the scoring as Dudu converted a through pass from Karim Boudiaf into goal following a faulty clearance by Qatar SC defender Alejandro Jimena.
Al Duhail dominated the exchanges and they succeeded in doubling the lead as Almoez converted a penalty, awarded when he himself was fouled by Nasir Baksh.
Other than the goals, Al Duhail’s Ramin Rezaeian made a foray into the rival area early in the game, but the move was thwarted by Qatar SC goalkeeper Jassim Al Hail. At the other end, Jimena had a header saved by goalkeeper Mohammed Al Bakri.
Qatar SC reduced the margin not long after the second half started, with tall Abdulaziz Adel making good use of his height to head in a cross from the right by Nasir, who made up for his earlier lapse that resulted in the penalty goal.
Nevertheless, Al Duhail were more on the attack and Mehdi Benatia headed over the bar close to one hour.
It looked Qatar SC had equalised in the 85th minute when substitute Omar Al Emadi hit his shot against the crosspiece and Jimena’s shot off the rebound was collected by the goalkeeper.