DOHA: Ivorian striker Yannick Sagbo grabbed a brace as Umm Salal handed leaders Lekhwiya their first defeat of the Qatar Stars League season.
Al Sadd can go atop the standings if they beat Al Arabi on Thursday.
Sagbo struck early in the first half, before Lekhwiya equalised through Ismael Mohammed, but Umm Salal pulled away thanks to a second half penalty from Sagbo before Syrian striker Mahmoud Al Mawas scored to confirm all three points by a 3-1 scoreline under pouring rain at at Al Gharafa stadium.
Mahmoud Jaber’s side made a dream start opening the scoring after the eighth minute. Al Mawas charged down the flank, and chipped the ball towards Salem Khalifa stationed near the penalty kick spot. But in a hurry to strike the ball, Khalifa missed his shot and the ball landed a Sagbo's feet. With a clear shot at the goal, Sagbo calmly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Amine Lecomte leaving Lekhwiya coach Djamel Belmadi fuming on the touchline.
With Qatar national coach Jorge Fossati watching from the stands, Ismael Mohammed equalised for Lekhwiya in the 22nd minute. Lekhwiya's Tunisian midfielder Youssef Msakni eased past his marker Ali Mohammad before slotting the ball towards team-mate Mohammed who deflected the ball into the net from close range.
Sagbo gave Umm Salal the lead for the second time in the game in the 50th minute, this time off a penalty kick after silly tackle on the Ivory Coast striker inside the Lekhwiya box. It was Sagbo's 11th goal this season when he fired one into the top of the net.
In the 61st minute, Umm Salal solidified their lead as Al Mawas scored Umm Salal’s third goal. Al Mawas hoodwinked his marker Khaled Radwan inside the Lekhwiya box before calmly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Amin who had left his goal line position to thwart the move.
The league leaders Lekhwiya tried in vein to get back into the clash but were denied time and time again by a resiliant Umm Salal back-line who were well marshalled by Brazilian defender Anderson Martins. Umm Salal held on to win full points.