Al Duhail swept to a comfortable 2-0 victory against Al Arabi in Week 11 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Duhail Stadium on Sunday.
Goals came in the second half through Karim Boudiaf (55th minute) and Yousef El Arabi (63rd).
What had started as a very open game required Al Duhail goalkeeper Khalifa Abubacker to make multiple blocks as he thwarted Al Arabi attacks on several occasions.
The lack of end product was bad news for Al Arabi as it allowed the league leaders to grow into the game. The earliest warning came when El Arabi had a header disallowed for offside.
The relentless pressure increased from here on and the home side was desperately unlucky not to take the lead when Nam Tae-Hee struck a spectacular volley from wide on the left which looped over the keeper before striking the bar. The same player was again involved as his goalbound shot was superbly blocked on the line by Ali Bazmandegan.
The Red Knights came out for the second half with even greater endeavour and were able to get the breakthrough goal early on. Bringing possession down the left, Boudiaf received the ball on the edge of the area, looked up and then struck a shot from 20 yards that was deflected on its way into the corner of the net.
While Al Arabi were still reeling in shock, a wonderful passing move culminated in Edmilson finding El Arabi on the right of the box, who advanced inside before drilling a low, hard shot into the far corner.
The 0-2 loss was not what Al Arabi needed as they look to propel themselves up the table. However, it was the perfect outcome for Al Duhail as they cemented their position at the top.