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Al Wakrah Beats Al Khor 1-0 to score their first win of the QSL season but the two sides could barely mpress with their on-field tactics. Mohsine Moutaouali scored the only goal of the match in the 43rd minute at Al Wakrah Stadium In the first 10 minutes of the clash, the visitors Al Khor enjoyed more ball possession compared to the home side coached Tunisian coach Kais Yâakoubi. 

 

However the the round 10 clash turned into a physical game as Al Khor’s Mouhssine Iajour seemingly head-butted Al Wakrah's Ali Hussain,captain of the home side, as the players got ready for a free-kick. Hussain collapsed - as if struck by lightning - causing a stoppage in play amid constant berating and finger-pointing from players of the two sides.

 

After much delay, when the free-kick was finally taken, it was Iajour's turn to put on a show as the feisty Moroccan striker tumbled following a rough tackle from Hussain. Another stoppage in play ensued as players quarreled inside the Al Khor box in the 17th minute.

 

At the half-hour mark, Al Wakrah's Hamood Al-Yazidi hoodwinked his marker but his shot - fired at an acute angle - was well pouched by Al Khor keeper Baba Djibril.

 

With no let-up in rough tactics employed by both sides, Al Khor coach Jean Fernandez decided to substitute a limping Iajour in the 32nd minute, bringing out young Ali Abdulkarem to replace the Moroccan forward.

 

In the 36th minute, Al Wakrah's Abdulrahman Fakhroo produced a spectacular snap-header off a long-range free-kick but the ball smashed into the Al Khor crossbar with goalkeeper Djibril completely beaten.

 

With two minutes before the first-half whistle went off, Al Wakrah grabbed the lead.