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Lekhwiya pip Mesaimeer.

Action from the QSL match between Lekhwiya and Mesaimeer yesterday.

By Sports Reporter/Doha

Lekhwiya rounded off their Qatar Stars League season with a 2-1 win over bottom side Mesaimeer yesterday. Lekhwiya had already sealed fourth place and yesterday's victory only helped them bag three points without any improvement in their position.

Mesaimeer took the lead early as they aimed to claim only their second win of a miserable maiden season in the QSL. Erivelto Silva put Rodion Gacanin's men in front in the ninth minute with a header for his eighth goal of the season.

Lekhwiya huffed and puffed, and finally got their equaliser in the 70th minute. Mohammed Muntari levelled the game with a fine run and shot.

And Djamel Belmadi's men grabbed a winner in the 87th minute when Afif hammered the ball into the roof of the net after a scramble inside the Mesaimeer box. The goal was Afif's first of the season.

The result confirmed fourth spot for Lekhwiya, who will face champions Al Rayyan in the Qatar Cup.

Mesaimeer finish the campaign with only six points but have shown enough heart in recent weeks to suggest they'll have enough to challenge for promotion from the Qatar Gas League next season. Their points tally, however, is the lowest in the QSL since Al Sailiya took only four during the 2003/04 season.

Meanwhile, Al Khor ended their season on a high, defeating Al Gharafa 1-0 in a feisty game. Al Khor grabbed the only goal of the tie ten minutes from time through South Korean defender Heo Jae-won, who scored his first goal for the club.

Jean Fernandez's side where the better team and created two clear cut chances in the first half. First up Heo Jae-won's acrobatic effort brought a good save from Gharafa keeper Yousef Hassan.

At the stroke of half-time, Brazilian striker Madson's rasping free kick was pushed onto the post. The ball fell kindly to the onrushing Waleed Mohyaden. However the defender lacked composure and sent his shot well over the bar; the first half ended honors even at 0-0.

Al Khor grabbed a deserved winner in the 80th minute. A sharp Waleed Mohyaden cross found its way to Heo Jae-won who was unmarked in the box. The South Korean defender stabbed the ball into the back of the net, to the delight of head coach Jean Fernandez.

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