Bounedjah powers Al Sadd to 2-1 victory over Al Khor.
Baghdad Bounedjah (in yellow) vies for the ball with Al Khor's Hamad Mansour.
By Sports Reporter/Doha
Baghdad Bounedjah was twice on target as Al Sadd defeated Al Khor 2-1 in the QNB Stars League at the Al Khor Stadium yesterday. The match was rescheduled from Week 5 due to Al Sadd's engagements in the 2018 AFC Champions League, where they lost out to Iran's Persepolis on aggregate in the semi-finals. Bounedjah scored Al Sadd's goals in the 16th and 86th minutes, while Wagner Ferreira found the target for Al Khor in the 70th minute. Al Sadd moved to 29 points with their ninth victory, while Al Khor stayed on eight points, having crashed to their ninth defeat. Bounedjah took his personal tally to 21 goals on top of the scorers' chart. After Al Khor showed early enthusiasm, Al Sadd dominated the proceedings in the first half, in which they enjoyed 70 per cent of possession. Al Sadd continued to miss influential midfielder and Spanish star Xavi Hernandez due to a muscle injury. Fellow Spaniard Gabi Fernandez was a doubtful starter, also through an injury, but he started and controlled The Wolves' midfield. Bounedjah led the Al Sadd attacks through the centre, ably supported by Hassan al-Haydous through the right. For Al Khor, Diogo Farias spearheaded the offence. Al Sadd created more opportunities and they were not to be denied for long. Bounedjah placed home a cross from the right by al-Haydous. The hosts were unlucky to miss a penalty when Diogo's shot from the spot was collected by Saad al-Dossari. The penalty was awarded when Bounedjah fouled Wagner inside the box. After Hamed Ismail's shot was parried by Al Khor goalkeeper Mohammed al- Bakri, Akram Afif sent the ball narrowly wide of the post towards the end of first half. The game really came to life in the second session, with Al Khor upping the ante. They succeeded in equalising as Diogo made amends for his penalty lapse by crossing the ball for Wagner to score. Just when it looked like a 1-1 draw came Al Sadd's winner, with Bounedjah heading in substitute Jung Woo-Young's cross from the left as al-Bakri had left his charge.
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