Bahrain’s Al-Muharraq wins in Gulf 25 Club Championship

Ibrahim al-Mashkhas battles Mohammed Nasir Ali in the 25th GCC Championship match in Manama on Sept. 29. (Reuters/Hamad Mohammed)

Ibrahim al-Mashkhas battles Mohammed Nasir Ali in the 25th GCC Championship match in Manama on Sept. 29. (Reuters/Hamad Mohammed)

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Bahrain’s Al-Muharraq Club defeated the UAE’s Al-Shebab Club at the National Stadium in Manama on Sept. 29 in a round two match of the Gulf 25 Club Championship. The winning goal was scored by Al-Muharraq’s own “Pelé,” Hussein Ali, who sent the ball home in the 35th minute of the game between the two Group One teams.

The victory gives Al-Muharraq three points, putting them in second place behind Kuwait’s Al-Arabi, which leads with four. Al-Arabi also gained three points after beating Al-Shebab, which has no points. Oman’s Sour Club defeated Qatar’s Al-Khor by a single goal in a match played in Sour. The goal was scored by Khaled Mubarak in the 45th minute. Group One also includes Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nasr, which has already beaten Sour, 2-1, in round one. Al-Nasr now leads with three points from just one match. In contrast, Sour has two matches behind them. Al-Khor was left without points after its single match.

In Group Three, Qatar’s Al-Qatari Club played Oman’s Al-Arouba to a 2-2 draw at the Sahim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha. Iraqi star player Qusay Munir Abboudi and Mohamed Omar scored Qatar’s two goals in the seventh and 52nd minutes, respectively. Younis Mubarak scored twice in the 39th and 84th minutes for Al-Arouba.

This group also includes Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittifaq, which lost 3-2 to Qatar in round one. Qatar managed to raise its tally to four points, strengthening its lead in the group, versus one point for Al-Arouba and no points for Al-Ittifaq.

Al-Wasl of the United Arab Emirates drew with Bahrain’s Al-Rafaa, 2-2, in Group Four. Al-Wasl’s two goals came from a penalty kick in the 11th minute taken by Panamanian Blas Perez and from Said Al-Kass in the 84th minute. For Al-Rafaa, Hussein Suleiman scored two penalty shots in the 47th and 50th minutes. Al-Wasl’s tally increased to four points after Kuwait’s Al-Kuwaiti Club lost their round one match, 1-2, to Al-Rafaa.

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