Group A: Hilal Alquds Club 2-6 Al Wehdat
Al Ram: Bahaa Faisal Seif netted a six-minute hat-trick and added a fourth in the second half as Al Wehdat strolled to a 6-2 victory over Hilal Alquds Club at the Faisal Al Husseini Stadium on Matchday Two of the 2019 AFC Cup Group A on Monday.
A catalogue of mistakes at the back allowed Mohammad Al Basha to net Al Wehdat’s first goal of the afternoon in the 16th minute.
Hilal Al Quds captain Tamer Salah fluffed his lines while attempting to clear Rajaei Ayed’s cross from the corner kick. The loose ball fell to Al Basha whose tame header from close range was misjudged by goalkeeper Khaled Azam to find its way to the back of the net.
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Azam’s blushes were spared as the hosts delivered a swift and stylish response within 10 minutes of Al Wehdat’s opener.
Oday Dabbagh wrestled to take possession of the ball inside the opposition box before laying it back to Hani Abdallah who struck it first-time from 25 yards into the top corner of the net to equalise for Hilal Alquds.
The home crowd’s joy only lasted nine minutes as Al Wehdat restored their lead in the 35th minute through Faisal.
Saeed Al Murjan advanced into Hilal Alquds’ half before spraying a perfectly weighted through pass into the path of Faisal who controlled and drilled it into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.
Al Murjan and Faisal combined again three minutes later, the former again finding his teammate inside the box before Faisal displayed immaculate skill to evade the challenge of Salah in a tight space and finish from close range.
There was still time for Al Wehdat to make it 4-1 before the half-time break and it was again Faisal on scoring duty.
The Number 20 completed his hat-trick in style, finding space behind Hilal Alquds’ defence to chest down Al Murjan’s ball before rifling into the roof off the net.
The visitors added their fifth 12 minutes before the final whistle through Saleh Rateb who latched onto a long Saleem Obaid pass and applied a calm lobbed finish into the back of the net to make it 5-1.
Faisal completed his foursome four minutes to the end of 90, heading in from Obieda Al Samrieh’s cross from the right flank.
Dabbagh got his name on the scoresheet in the final minute after winning a late penalty. The youngster stepped up and delivered from the spot but it was mere consolation as Al Wehdat emerged 6-2 winners at the final whistle.
Al Wehdat’s next trip takes them to Bahrain where they face Syria’s Al Jaish on April 1, while Hilal Alquds will look to make amends when they host Lebanon’s Nejmeh SC on the same day on Matchday Three.
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