Olunga hat-trick as Al Duhail trounce Al Markhiya

Al Duhail’s Michael Olunga (centre) celebrates with team-mates after scoring a hat-trick in opposition to Al Markhiya, yesterday.

Doha: Kenyan striker Michael Olunga fired a hat-trick as Al Duhail bought off to a fiery begin on the Ooredoo Cup, thrashing Al Markhiya 8-3 of their opening Group B match at Thani Bin Jassim Stadium yesterday. 

The high-scoring match noticed seven targets being scored within the second half however Al Duhail had already killed the sport off with 4 early strikes within the first half. 

Additionally yesterday, Al Gharafa defeated Al Rayyan 4-3 in a gripping conflict whereas Al Arabi beat Al Shamal 1-0 in different Group B match.  

Al Gharafa’s Yacine Brahimi (left) celebrates with team-mates. 

Al Duhail adopted an aggressive strategy proper from the start, opening the floodgates when Ahmed Moein slotted dwelling with an angular shot from the left after receiving Suhaib Gannan move in eighth minute.

By quarter of an hour, the Crimson Knights doubled their lead when Gannan struck after an help from Lotfi Madjer. The pair once more mixed for crew’s third purpose, with Madjer scoring off a reverse kick in nineteenth minute following Gannan’s cross. 

There was no respite for Al Markhiya as Olunga opened his scoring to take Al Duhail’s result in 4-0 within the twenty second minute. 

The Crimson Knights created extra alternatives however Al Markhiya averted additional injury within the first half. 

Al Markhiyha seemed a greater facet after the break, with Youssef Ramadan pulling one again with a high quality header off a nook kick in forty eighth minute. However any hopes for Al Markhiya making a comeback within the recreation ended when Olunga fired targets in 74 and 79 minutes, finishing his hat-trick with a lob after an help by substitute Rabeh Boussafi.  

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After Mohamed Al Hassan scored Al Markhiya’s second purpose in 81st minute, Al Duhail added two extra targets to their tally after an personal purpose by Ahmed Ibrahim (82’) and a strike from the sting of the field by Boussafi in 88th minute. 

Farid Ahmed Al Marhoobi consoled Al Markhiya with a purpose in ninetieth minute. Al Duhail will tackle Al Arabi of their second match on September 26 whereas Al Markhiya shall be meet Al Rayyan the identical day.  

In the meantime, Al Gharafa rallied twice to earn a victory in opposition to Al Rayyan at Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium. 

Al Rayyan went forward early with a 3rd minute strike from Tamim Mansour, with Yacine Brahimi levelling for Al Gharafa 5 minutes later. 

The Lions took the lead once more via Khalid Ali’s purpose in sixteenth minute as Al Rayyan went into the break with a 2-1 lead. 

However Al Gharafa made a powerful comeback within the second half, taking the sport away from Al Rayyan after targets from Ishak Belfodil (57’), Ayoub Mohamad (65’) and Andri Syahputra  (84’), earlier than Omar Yasani scored for Al Rayyan (90+4) in stoppage time. 

At Thani Bin Jassim Stadium, Rami Suhail’s strike in 45+2 minutes proved sufficient to present Al Arabi a win over Al Shamal, who will meet Al Gharafa in second spherical on September 26.