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West Asia Domestic Wrap: Al Sadd woes continue

Beirut: There were more woes for Al Sadd SC as, just days after their 4-1 defeat in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals, they suffered their first loss of the season in the 2019-20 Qatar Stars League.  

There were no such worries for Al Hilal SFC - Al Sadd's 2019 AFC Champions League semi-final opponents - as they continued their superb start to the Saudi Pro League with a 4-1 win over Al Ettifaq to stay top of the standings.

Defending UAE Pro League champions Sharjah also maintained their perfect start to the season. reviews the domestic action across West Asia.

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Qatar: Al Rayyan add to Al Sadd's woes

It was a week to forget for Al Sadd as they suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Al Rayyan in Matchday Six action in the Qatar Stars League.

The win gave Al Rayyan a share of third place with Al Sadd while Al Duhail climbed to the top spot after a hard-fought 2-1 win against Al Sailiya.

Al Duhail's lead, however, could be shortlived as Al Arabi - who edged Al Khor 3-1 - have a match in hand as their tie against Al Sadd was postponed.

Saudi Arabia: Al Hilal continue to shine

Al Hilal followed up their 4-1 win against Al Sadd last Tuesday with a similar away victory in the Saudi Professional League against Al Ettifaq on Saturday as they strengthened their position at the top of the standings.

The Riyadh giants opened a four-point gap over second-placed Al Wehda, who edged Damac 1-0 while Al Ahli and Al Faisaly share third place.

Al Ahli returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win against Al Fayha while Al Faisaly have a match in hand.

UAE: Sharjah stay perfect

Defending champions Sharjah claimed their third league victory in as many matches as they continued their impressive title defence with an entertaining 3-2 win against Al Ain.

Sharjah sit alone at the top after Shabab Al Ahli Dubai played to a 0-0 draw with Al Jazira while Ajman climbed into third place with a 1-0 victory against Al Wasl.

Al Wahda failed to pick up their second win after losing 4-3 to Bani Yas in a match which saw Spanish forward Pedro Conde scoring four goals for the home side.

Oman: Saham's winning run halted

Oman Pro League pacesetters Saham dropped their first points of the season following a 0-0 draw with Fanja in the fourth round of action.

Sohar failed to return to winning ways after losing 2-1 to Al Suwaiq while newcomers Bahla Club pulled the biggest surprise of the round with a 1-0 win against defending champions Dhofar, who suffered their first defeat of the season.

Lebanon: Al Ahed show their class

Al Ahed celebrated making the 2019 AFC Cup final by scoring a 3-1 come-from-behind win against Al Akhaa Al Ahli in the third round of the Lebanon Football League.

Al Ansar defeated Safa 4-1 while the match between Al Nejmeh and Al Bourj was postponed due to Al Nejmeh's commitments in the Arab Club Championship.


Photo: Al Rayyan

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