Expo Stars League: Al-Sadd come from behind to beat Muaither 4-2

Al-Sadd secured a significant 4-2 comeback victory over Muaither in the Expo Stars League Week 18 game, which unfolded at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Friday.

Despite a strong start from Al-Sadd, who threatened Muaither’s goal on multiple occasions early on, it was the visitors who initially took the lead. Ayman Al-Hassouni scored the opener from a penalty kick in the 39th minute, followed by Tiago, who extended Muaither’s lead with a goal in the 45th minute after taking advantage of an error from the Al-Sadd backline.

Al-Sadd, determined to turn the game around, intensified their efforts in the second half. The response came swiftly, with Tarek Salman succeeding in narrowing the deficit with a header in the 48th minute, following a cross from Hassan Al-Haydos. The momentum shifted in Al-Sadd’s favour as they relentlessly pressed forward, resulting in two back-to-back goals from Akram Afif in the 73rd and 77th minutes, both from penalty kicks, completing the comeback.

Maintaining their dominance on the field, the Wolves persisted in their offensive efforts, leading to a hat-trick for Afif, after the Qatari star struck from outside the box in injury time to make it 4-2.

With this victory, Al-Sadd solidified their position at the top of the league table, taking their tally to 40 points.