Doha, Qatar: Ahmed Alaaeldin scored a double as Al Gharafa defeated Al Shahania 3-0 in their opening match of the Qatar Stars League on Thursday.
After a goalless first half, Gharafa found their rhythm in the second period as Alaaeldin put them ahead in the 64th with a neat left-footed finish from inside the box.
Sofiane Hanni made it 2-0 eight minutes later when he beat the offside trap with a late run into the area and flicked the ball home with his heel.
Alaaeldin made it 3-0 in added time with another calm finish as Gharafa started their campaign on a confident note.
Gharafa next play Al Rayyan next Friday while Shahania take on Al Sadd a day later.
In another match on Thursday, Al Khor and Al Sailiya played out a 1-1 draw.
Karim Ansarifard put Sailiya ahead in the 19th minute through a penalty, only for Tiago Bezerra to equalise, also from the spot, in the 39th.