Al Rayyan came through with a tight 1-0 win over Al Khor in Week 19 of the QNB Stars League at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday.
Rodrigo Tabata scored the winning goal in the 36th minute as Al Rayyan moved to 33 points, while Al Khor stayed on 15.
The first half was very much an attacking display from Al Rayyan as they showed the gulf in position between the two sides.
A stream of attacks resulted in efforts from Abdulrahman Al Harazi and Koh Myong-Jin which were well kept out by Baba Djibril in the opposition goal.
As the half developed, Tabata came into the game and was rewarded for his creativity when he grabbed the only goal of the evening. A pressing move saw Mohammed Juma whip in a cross from the left which was met in the middle of the box by Tabata who headed home.
Al Khor were able to make more of an impression on the match as the clock ticked down. However, most of their efforts went in vain. Helal Mohammed went close with a stinging shot which was well kept out, before Wagner Ferreira had a couple of chances that he was unlucky to convert.
Lucca Borges nearly doubled the lead at the death, but Al Rayyan had already done enough to see out the game and take home the three points.