|Kharaitiyat holds Arabi to goalless draw |
|AL Kharaitiyat's goalkeeper Khalifa Ndiaye produced another heroic performance to deny Al Arabi from scoring a last minute goal during a round 19 Qatar Stars League match that ended in barren draw at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday.
Both sides came all out in search of the maximum points to boost its standing on the QSL rankings. After today's result, Arabi sits in seventh place with 23 points while Kharaitiyat is second from bottom with 19 points with a playoff or relegation staring at its face.
Arabi had more of the possession in the opening half, creating chances for its forward players comprising Djaco Arafat, Leonardo Pisculichi and Boualem Khoukhi. The strikers pressed for goal but lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.
After a disjointed opening 40 minutes, Al Arabi's Arafat Balotelli advanced into the box from Khouki's pass but his header from inside the box went wide.
Arabi's frustration grew as the half ended with no goals, having played five corner kicks, with 57% of the ball possession.
|Sheikh Hassan looks forward to a golden era in powerboat racing |
|SHEIKH Hassan bin Jabor al Thani began his Class One racing career in 2003 and, in the space of 10 exciting years of international power boating action, the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) has risen to the very forefront of the sport under his presidency.
Qatar's Class One team has won Grand Prix in Europe and the Middle East and the European Championship title. The F1 team has triumphed in the UIM F1 H20 World Championship on two occasions (2008 and 2011) and the QMSF's professional staff has just hosted three back-to-back World Championship events in three separate marine sport disciplines. But still Sheikh Hassan looks to the future and the development of the sport.
"I think there has been a definite shift from Europe to the East," admitted Sheikh Hassan. "That's probably down to the state of the world economy and powerboats are luxury items. The economic situation in Europe is not helping in keeping the market for luxury boats in good health. Looking at the sport itself, there are a growing number of powerboat races in this region and the pleasure boat market in this area is also very strong.
|La Liga title remains Mourinho's dream |
|REAL MADRID coach Jose Mourinho may be inching towards becoming the first coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs, but it is the La Liga crown that remains his chief target. Real tackle Malaga this weekend in search of their 22nd win from 23 games and boasting a 10-point lead over bitter rivals Barcelona in the title race.
Mourinho has added steel to the Madrid side along with an attacking flair that has seen them score 88 goals so far in the league.
In the Champions League, dreams have been stirred of a 10th European crown after having endured seeing Barca win two of the last three competitions.
"The league is a very important competition. It is possible that a side that isn't the best wins the Champions League but that is not the case with the league," said Mourinho.
"It is possible to win the double or end up with nothing as football is like that.
"We will now give everything against Malaga as that is still the competition that is most important for our confidence.