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Al Sailiya struggle to beat Al Shamal 3-2

DOHA: Al Sailiya twice came from behind to beat Al Shamal 3-2 in Week 2 of the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Thursday.

Valentin Adama (22nd minute), Driss Fettouhi (70th minute) and substitute Mohammed Mudather (73rd minute) scored for Al Sailiya.

Nasser Al Nasr (seventh minute) and captain Baha Faisal (38th-minute penalty) scored for Al Shamal.

Both teams had lost their openers, Al Shamal to Al Gharafa and Al Sailiya to champions Al Sadd, so they showed determination and played eagerly to collect full points from the beginning.

Al Nasr gave Al Shamal, who are back in the First Division after six seasons, an early lead by scoring off an Ali Awad pass from the left.

Al Sailiya levelled the score through Adama, with Ramin Rezaein giving the cross from the right. Al Shamal’s Yasin Yacoub failed to clear the ball and Adama only had to connect the ball into the net.

Al Shamal went ahead for a second time when Baha converted a penalty awarded after Al Sailiya’s Ali Jasemi fouled Al Nasr.

Into the second half, Mohammed Salah El Neel and Adama continued to lead Al Sailiya’s attack, while Jeison Escobar came off the bench to join Baha in the Al Shamal frontline.

Al Sailiya showed more purpose in their attacks and were rewarded with two quick goals.

First, Fettouhi’s long-ranger, after Mbodji gave him the pass, went in off a deflection. Then, Mudather’s beaming shot, also from long range, beat Al Shamal goalkeeper Hassan Idriss hands down.

Meanwhile, Ali Awad’s shot went out after it hit Al Sailiya’s Rami Fayez’s leg and Baha’s free-kick towards the end of the game went wide, as Al Shamal crashed to their second loss. (QSL)

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