**Al-Sadd Clinches First Victory in Expo Stars League Season 2023-2024**
Al-Sadd secured their first win in the 2023-2024 Expo Stars League season, triumphing over Umm Salal by a 3-1 scoreline in the opening week. The match took place on Friday at Al-Bayt Stadium.
The goals for Al-Sadd were scored by Akram Afif in the 5th minute, Guilherme Torres in the 26th minute, and Yousuf Abdurisag in the 48th minute. Umm Salal managed to net a consolation goal through Andy Delort in the 86th minute.
The match began with Al-Sadd displaying strength and agility from the start. Akram Afif secured the lead in the 5th minute after Yousuf Abdurisag’s pass found him, and he skillfully placed the ball in the far left corner of Umm Salal’s net, giving Al-Sadd the advantage.
In the 18th minute, Gonzalo Plata added a second goal for Al-Sadd, but the referee disallowed it due to Yousuf Abdurisag’s offside position, interfering with the play before Plata’s shot.
Al-Sadd extended their lead in the 26th minute through Brazilian Guilherme Torres. Torres capitalized on a successful run by Gonzalo Plata from the right side, calmly slotting the ball into Umm Salal’s net.
With a strong start to the second half, Yousuf Abdurisag sealed Al-Sadd’s victory in the 48th minute. Akram Afif provided a precise cross from the left side, and Abdurisag skillfully guided the ball into the far right corner of Umm Salal’s goal.
Despite being ahead by three goals, Al-Sadd’s offensive efforts continued. In the 70th minute, Hassan Al-Haydos unleashed a powerful shot from outside the penalty area, which hit the crossbar.
In the 86th minute, Umm Salal managed to score their first goal through Algerian Andy Delort. There would be no more goals after that as the Wolves saw off the remainder of the game.