Al Sadd got their new Qatar Stars League (QSL) season off to a winning start with a commanding 4-0 win over Al Kharaitiyat at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Al Sadd controlled the game from kick off, largely thanks to their talisman and captain Xavi Hernandez who took a leading role in midfield from the first whistle. Al Sadd broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when Xavi delivered a pin-point pass to find Algerian under-23 international Bagdad Bounedjah, who controlled the ball on his chest before driving it into the back of the net. Al Kharatiyat went into half-time trailing 1-0 but came out strong in the opening minutes of the second half, having a goal disallowed after just two minutes when striker Jeremy Bokila was deemed offside after poking home from six yards out.

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Al Sadd continued to control the game and on the 62nd minute, new summer signing Jugurtha Hamroun delivered a through ball to Qatar’s national team captain, Hasan Al Haydoos, who calmly took it around Al Kharatiyat’s goalkeeper to make it 2-0. Just a minute later, Al Sadd nearly made it three after Al Kharatiyat’s goalkeeper was forced to make a fingertip save after another pin-point delivery from Xavi which found the head of Ibrahim Majed. Al Sadd made sure of all three points after a fine solo goal from Ali Asad which saw him drive an 18 yard shot into the roof of the net on the 77th minute mark.

Al Kharatiyat had a late final push, with Domingos forcing a fine save from Al Sadd’s Sadd Abdullah. They also had another goal disallowed on the 84th minute, again for being caught offside. Al Sadd rounded off a compelling performance after debutant Hossam Kamal set-up Bounedjah in the 92nd minute for his second goal to round off a fine opening day win for Al Sadd.

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