Al-Duhail Crowned champion of Qatari League for the seventh time in its history

الدحيل يتوج بطلا للدوري القطري للمرة السابعة في تاريخه

QNA – Doha:

Al Duhail are the 2019-2020 season QNB Stars League champions. They regained the coveted shield after beating Al Ahli 1-0 in the final round (Week 22) at the Al Janoub Stadium on Friday.

Paulo Edmilson scored what turned out to be the all-important goal in the 24th minute.

The Red Knights emerged as the champions with 52 points following their 16th victory, the most by any team, even as Al Rayyan defeated Al Wakrah 2-0 in the simultaneous kick-off at the Al Sadd Stadium. The Lions ended up with 51 points.

Reigning champions Al Sadd went out of contention for the title and settled for the third place. And the title fight had gone down to the wire, between Al Duhail and Al Rayyan, with just one point separating the teams going into the final round.

The equation was that Al Duhail, coached by Walid Regragui, will emerge as victorious if they beat Al Ahli, irrespective of the result of Al Wakrah vs Al Rayyan game.

The crowning took place in accordance with the precautionary measures in place against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Al Duhail called the shots right throughout, with the likes of Edmilson, Almoez and Mohammed Muntari leading their charge.

Players such as Mehdi Benatia and Mohammed Moosa in the defence, and Karim Boudiaf and Luis Martin in the midfield, made up for the absence of injured players Yousef Msakni, Assim Madibo and Ahmed Yasser.

Muntari started off by scoring a goal in the fourth minute, but it was ruled offside.

Soon, Al Ahli’s Nabil El Zhar wreaked havoc at the rival goalmouth.

The winning goal came as a result of a mistake committed by Al Ahli goalkeeper Ivanildo Rodriguez, who left his charge to do a rescue act outside the big box. In the process, he earned a yellow card and his team conceded a free-kick.

Edmilson stepped in to take the kick and the ball went in off the hand of Al Ahli’s Abdulrasheed Umaru, leaving Rodriguez stranded at the goal.

Almoez, who missed a clear chance to nod home the ball in the 13th minute, too found the target in the 41st minute, only to be ruled offside.

Al Duhail continued to press in the second half and Al Ahli’s Jasem Mohammed had to effect a goalmouth save to thwart Edmilson in the 50th minute.

The scoreline would have swelled had it not been for the alertness of Al Ahli defenders, particularly Shane Lowry.

Al Duhail had beaten Al Ahli 3-0 in the first leg of 2019-20 QNB Stars League.

الدوحة – قنا:

توج الدحيل بطلا للدوري القطري رسميا للمرة السابعة في تاريخه بعد فوزه على نظيره الأهلي بهدف دون رد في المواجهة التي جمعت بين الفريقين مساء اليوم على استاد الجنوب في ختام مباريات الجولة الـ22 من منافسات الدوري القطري لكرة القدم (دوري نجوم QNB) 2019 / 2020.

ونجح الدحيل في حسم اللقب وفض الصراع بينه وبين الريان الوصيف الذي فاز بدوره على الوكرة بهدفين دون رد، لكن فارق النقطة الواحدة منح اللقب للدحيل لينهي موسمه على أكمل وجه.

وبهذا الفوز، رفع الدحيل رصيده إلى 52 نقطة، بينما بقي رصيد الأهلي عند النقطة الـ20 في المركز التاسع.

وكان أول ألقاب نادي الدحيل المحلية موسم 2010 /2011 تحت مسى فريق لخويا سابقا، ثم توج باللقب الثاني في موسم 2011 /2012، وجاء اللقب الثالث في موسم 2013 /2014، وأحرز لقبه الرابع في موسم 2014 /2015، وتوج باللقب الخامس في موسم 2016 /2017، ثم توج بلقبه السادس في موسم 2017 / 2018.

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