DOHA: Al Duhail defeated Al Arabi 2-1 in Week 2 of the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League at the Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday.
Al Duhail rode on a brace from young player Rabeh Yahya (53rd and 66th minutes) to keep their bid to regain the league shield on track.
The Red Knights had beaten Al Khor 4-1 in their opener.
Substitute Abdulqadir Ilyas pulled one back (90+4) for Al Arabi, who had defeated Al Wakrah 1-0 in Week 1.
Al Arabi tried to surprise Al Duhail in the opening minutes, but Al Duhail were quickly in control and forced Al Arabi to play the second fiddle.
Al Duhail’s offensive superiority saw Al Arabi goalkeeper Mahmoud Abunada being forced to make some brilliant saves. Edmilson Junior was the livewire in Al Duhail ranks.
Al Duhail continued to press in the second half. Edmilson had his header saved by the goalkeeper in the 50th minute.
Al Duhail soon went ahead capitalizing on a mistake. Ismail Mohammed passed the ball to Rabeh and the latter found the net.
Edmilson gave the pass for the second goal and Rabeh fired the ball into the net.
Al Arabi started attacking more and coach Younes Ali pushed lanky striker Ilyas, who managed to help his team reduce the margin of defeat deep into stoppage time. (QSL)