AL KHARAITIYAT 2 AL SAILIYA 1
Kharaitiyat came from behind to defeat Sailiya. Dragos Gregore put Sailiya ahead in the 17th while Mahmoud Saad equalised in the 30th. Mohammed Abdullah struck in the 49th and Kharaitiyat defended the slender lead.
AL ARABI 2 AL GHARAFA 0
Seven-time champions Gharafa’s winless run continued for the third successive week when Arabi shocked them. Luis Jimenez put Arabi in front in the 49th minute while Yousef Ahmed made it 2-0 in the 70th. Gharafa stayed in fifth position while Arabi climbed to seventh.
UMM SALAL 1 AL AHLI 1
Umm Salal and Ahli played out a draw. Ivorian striker Yannick Sagbo, who recently extended his contract until 2019, put the men in orange ahead in the 52nd, but their joy was short-lived as Alhi’s Ali Fereydoun equalised three minutes later.
AL KHOR 2 MUAITHER 2
Iraqi striker Ahmed Yasin struck a second-half brace (69th and 74th) as Muaither came from two goals down to hold Khor. Moroccan forward Mouhcine Iajour had put Khor ahead in the 41st while Babou Sidiqi made it 2-0 in the 53rd.
AL RAYYAN 1 LEKHWIYA 1
Lekhwiya held champions Rayyan to extend their unbeaten run. Moroccan striker Youssef El Arabi, who was mostly kept at bay by the Rayyan defence, put the Cops ahead in the 77th while Sergio Garcia equalised in the 83rd to give Rayyan a point they thoroughly deserved.
AL SHAHANIYA 1 EL JAISH 2
Jaish returned to the winning path by putting it past a fighting Shahaniya in a keenly-fought match, which saw both teams miss a penalty each. Uzbek forward Sardor Rashidov gave the Soldiers a two-goal cushion, netting in the 42nd and 62nd. Romarinho could have made it 3-0 when he tried his luck from the spot after winning a penalty four minutes later, but goalkeeper Khalifa Al Dossari denied him. Shahaniya striker Fahad Khalfan raised hopes of a comeback when he scored in the 69th following a counter-attack, but he turned the villain, missing a penalty in the 73rd.
AL SADD 3 AL WAKRAH 1
Xavi Hernandez netted a second-half brace as Sadd defeated bottom side Wakrah and cut Lekhwiya’s lead on top of the standings to three points. After a rather sedate first session, former Barcelona captain Xavi broke the deadlock in the 51st minute while Wakrah drew parity five minutes later through Mouhcine Moutouali. Xavi restored the lead in the 74th and substitute Khalfan Ibrahim added another in the 81st to give Sadd an easy win.