Ooredoo Cup: Umm Salal take full points against Al Kharatiyat

Umm Salal rallied for a 2-1 win over Al Kharaitiyat in Round 4 (Group B) of the 2020-21 season Ooredoo Cup at the Al Khor Stadium on Tuesday.

Evans Mensah opened the scoring for Al Kharaitiyat in the 61st minute, but Umm Salal were helped to their win after goals by Adnan Mustafa (64th) and Ilyes Brimil (87th).

Umm Salal now have four points, while Al Kharaitiyat stood on six points.

In the 21st minute, Al Kharatiyat’s Mehadi Al Khamasi clipped a neat cross from the edge of the box, but striker Abdulla Hassan Kamal’s snap-header from close range narrowly missed the far post with Umm Salal keeper Samy Habib in no position to stop the ball.

Seven minutes later, Umm Salal’s Mohammed Ramadan Sediq caught his marker off-guard and latched on to a loose ball near the Al Kharatiyat box. Sediq charged ahead with the ball, but his clip from inside the Al Kharaitiyat box narrowly missed the target.

In the 48th minute, Abdulmagid Anad slipped in a neat cross to substitute Mohammed Hussein, who produced a left-footed drive from close range, but Umm Salal goalkeeper Samy Habib blocked the shot.

In the ensuing corner kick, defender Mohammed Rabie managed a snap-header with a high jump, but the ball was once again deflected by keeper Habib.

Al Khraitiyat went 1-0 up past the hour mark when Mensah unleashed a powerful left-footer from just outside the Umm Salal box. Anad tapped the ball towards Mensah, who found the net with a blistering shot.

Three minutes later, Under-18 player Adnan equalised for Umm Salal. The teenager slipped past his marker, grabbed a lob pass from the midfield and charged towards the Al Kharaitiyat goal. Goalkeeper Mustafa Kardeen stepped out of his position, but quick-footed Adnan chipped the ball into the net with youthful exuberance.

Three minutes from time, Umm Salal found the winner through Under-23 player Brimil, who produced a freak long-range shot that crashed into the top right of Al Kharatiyat goal.

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