Awad’s Al Wehda beat Al Raed 4-1
Awad and Atwa both played the entirety as Al Wehda comprehensively beat Al Raed 4-1, with Fernandao’s brace being followed on by Jaber and Guilherme’s strikes.
Al Wehda XI: Awad, Darwish, Hawsawi, Chaves, Al Zori, Anselmo, Bakhshween, Guilherme, Colak, Otero, Fernandao.
Al Raed XI: Doukha, Al Shoraimi, Al Fahad, Atwa, Al Shamekh, Amora, Farhan, El Ghanassy, Hasani, Al Sawadi, Hammoudan.
Al Wehda opened the scoring very early on when Brazilian signing Fernandao latched onto a goalmouth scramble in the box to finish powerfully from close range.
While Fernandao has always been a relatively prolific striker, he has never been one to score spectacular goals. This was proven to be the case as Al Wehda doubled their lead soon later, when a free kick from distance was parried poorly by Doukha leading to the ball falling to Fernandao who had another simple task to finish.
Al Raed came out flying in the second half, and were able to beat Egypt international goalkeeper Awad when a speculative cross found former West Brom winger El Ghanassy who stole the ball off the defender and squeezed his shot past Awad.
However, Al Wehda stayed mentally strong and had a near identical repeat of their second goal as another free kick was parried, this time to Jaber who matched Fernandao to make it 3-1.
With the match sealed, Guilherme put the icing on the cake deep into stoppage time as Al Wehda picked up a comprehensive 4-1 win.
The result is Al Wehda’s first win of the season following their two previous draws, while Al Raed remain winless with a draw and two losses. Al Wehda are up to 7th in the league and Al Raed are in a precarious position in 13th.
Next week, Al Wehda travel to struggling Al Ittihad on Wednesday 22nd of September at 5:55PM Egyptian time, and Al Raed host Al Shabab two days later at the same time.
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