With determination, our first team of football overcame a 2-0 deficit versus Al Rayyan in the first half of the match, to achieve a 3-2 victory in the match that brought together both teams at 07:30 pm today at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Round 8 of the Expo Stars League, lifting Al Duhail to 16 points in the second place with Al-Gharafa Club.
The first half of the match ended with Al Rayyan leading by two clean goals through striker Guedes, the first of which was scored in the 15th minute while the second in the 41st minute, despite the good performance by our team that was able to pose a clear danger to Al Rayyan through Al Moez’s from the left wing and Ismail from the right wing, nevertheless Al Rayyan retreated to defend and relied on counterattacks, from which both goals were scored.
In the second half, the team entered the field looking for a comeback and threw its weight into the offense, wasting more than one opportunity to reach the net until the team succeeded in getting a penalty kick in the 58th minute after obstructing Asim Madibo inside the penalty area, which was executed by Al Moez, who put it in the left corner, scoring the team’s first goal. In the 59th minute.
This first gave the team’s players huge motivation, so they took control of the field, taking advantage of the retreat of Al Rayyan players to their defensive areas, and they missed many opportunities until Michael Olunga succeeded in bringing the team back into the match by scoring the equalizer in the 80th minute after following up on the shot that Sultan Al Brake fired and putting it into the net.
In the 88th minute, Engineer Olunga was able to put the team in the lead by scoring the team’s third goal after he was alone with Al Rayyan’s goalkeeper and put the ball with his left into the net.
Date & Time: Thursday 02 Nov 2023 – 07:30 pm
Venue: Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
Ocassion: Expo Stars League – Round 8
Teams: Al Duhail – Al Rayyan
First Half Result: 0 – 2
Match Result: 3 – 1 (Al Duhail)
Goals: Guedes (15th and 41st minutes), Al Moez Ali (59th minute), Michael Olunga (80th and 88th minutes)
Yellow Cards: Asim MAdibo, Youssef Ayman, Salah Zakaria, Al Moez Ali
Red Cards: None
Starting 11: Salah Zakaria, Kim Moon Huan, Youssef Ayman, Ruben Semedo, Asim Madibo, Kareem Boudiaf (Ibrahim Kader), Sultan Al Brake (Mohamed Moussa), Ismail Mohamed (Suhaib Gannan), Philip Coutinho (Abdulrahman Mohamed), Al Moez Ali, Michael Olunga (Mohamed Al Naimi).
Substitutes: Mohamed Said, Shehab Al Laithi, Mohamed Moussa, Mohamed Al Naimi, Abdulrahman Mohamed, Khaled Mohamed, Isaaq Al Hajj, Suhaib Gannan, Ibrahim Kader, Mohamed Muntari.