Bounedjah goal gives Al-Sadd 1-0 win over Al-Markhiya

Al-Sadd extended their run of victories in the QNB Stars League, after defeating Al-Markhiya 1-0 in the Round 12 game played on Sunday at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

With this victory, Al-Sadd increased their tally to 16 points from ten games, with two postponed matches remaining to be played, against Qatar and Al-Duhail.

The only goal of the game was scored by Baghdad Bounedjah in the 12th minute. The Algerian striker began the move himself, winning the ball for his team with a block, before moving into the box at the right time to meet a low cross from the right by Musaab Khidir.

Pedro thought he had doubled Al-Sadd’s lead in the 29th minute, but the referee ruled the strike out for offside.

Despite their best efforts, the Wolves were unable to breach Al-Markhiya’s defence thereafter. Akram Afif came close in the 59th minute, but his shot hit the post after a slight touch from keeper Louay Sharif.

Head coach Juanma only made one change in this game, which was to bring in Guilherme in place of Musaab Khidir. That substitution meant that Guilherme added strength in midfield alongside Santi Cazorla, while Hassan Al-Haydos switched to the right side.

The defending champions kept up their attempts to score another goal but the game went on to end in a 1-0 victory, and despite the narrow scoreline, it is an important result for the team.


Al-Sadd x Al-Markhiya (2022-23 QNB Stars League Round 12)


Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium


Al-Sadd: Saad Al-Dosari, Khoukhi Boualem, Pedro Miguel, Jung Woo-young, Bahaa Al-Laithi, Musaab Khidir (Guilherme), Rodrigo Tabata, Santi Cazorla, Hassan Al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Baghdad Bounedjah

Al-Markhiya: Loay Sharif, Khaled Radwan, Talal Ali, Ayman Hussein, Jamil Al-Yahmadi, John Benson, Ayoub Azzi, Ayoub Assal, Driss Fettouhi, Yaseen Yaqoub, Ali Nasser


Al-Sadd won 1-0


Baghdad Bounedjah 12′


John Beeson 63′
Ayoub Ezzi 71′
Guilherme Torres 76′


Nayef Al-Qadri (Main Referee)
Saud Ahmed (First Assistant)
Abdulmajeed Al-Karbi (Second Assistant)
Mohsen Yaqoub (Fourth Official)