Doha, 14 December 2020 - Al Khor registered their first victory in the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League when they beat Al Wakrah 1-0 in their Week 9 match at the Al Ahli Stadium on Monday.
Giannis Fetfatzidid scored the all-important goal in the 31st minute. The Knights now have seven points as they have also recorded four draws and as many defeats.
Al Wakrah remained on 10 points with their fifth defeat, as they once again paid the price for inconsistency in performance. The Blue Wave, who had lost to Al Sadd in the previous round, had beaten champions Al Duhail earlier in the tournament.
Al Wakrah had 61 per cent possession at the final whistle, but they failed to find the target.
Al Khor took advantage of the opportunity to take the lead even though possession was almost equal in the first half.
Giannis linked up well with Leonardo De Souza in taking advantage of a mis-pass on the part of Al Wakrah and grabbing the ball from near the centre circle. The Greek attacking midfielder then quickly made his way into the box and unleashed a rising shot past Al Wakrah goalkeeper Mohamed Saeed.
During the first session, Al Khor’s Rafael Santos had a free-kick tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper, while Al Wakrah’s spearhead Mohamed Benyettou was thwarted twice by goalkeeper Baba Djibril.
Al Khor had a chance to double the lead towards the close of first half, but Yuki Kobayashi’s shot was saved by Al Wakrah’s Abdulrahman Mohammed, conceding a corner kick.
After Al Khor continued from where they left off at the start of second half, Al Wakrah took control of the proceedings.
Al Khor mostly defended even as Al Wakrah attacked more and most of their moves were aimed at Benyettou who, however, could not prove effective. So were Omar Ali, Cristian Ceballos and Ousmane Coulibaly.
Benyettou hitting his shot over the bar in stoppage time best personified Al Wakrah’s fate.