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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 17/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Defending domestic league champion Suwaiq lost 0-1 to Sur in an Omantel Professional League (OPL) match at the Seeb Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

Despite the defeat, Suwaiq stayed in third place on the leaderboard with 37 points, while Sur leapfrogged two places into fifth place with a tally of 32 points after Ahmed al Siyabi scored in the opening half.

In other matches, Al Shabab upset nine-time champion Dhofar 2-1 and Sohar recorded a 3-1 win over Majees.

Al Nahda is on top with 51 points after 23 games while Fanja is second with 45 but with a game more in its hand.

At the Seeb Sports Stadium, the match began with Suwaiq dominating the match, creating few scoring chances.

The closest the defending champion came to scoring was in the 13th minute when a header from Abdullah al Thuwaini off a cross from Ahmed al Quraini narrowly missed the post. Sur, however, went 1-0 up against the run of play in the 24th minute. An opportunistic Siyabi slid in from the left with the ball and placed it on the bottom right corner as Suwaiq's defenders and goalkeeper looked on helplessly.

The second half saw fewer scoring chances being created by the two sides. Suwaiq did get a clear chance to equalise, though, minutes after the hour mark when Mahmood Mabrook fumbled right in front of the Sur goalpost.

Moulai Murad, assistant coach of Sur, was happy with the surprise win. "The boys did well today,'' he said. ''Our strikers were exceptional and they performed well as a unit.''

Musabbah al Saadi, Suwaiq's coach, was upset and blamed the loss partly on player fatigue. He said, "We didn't play well today, especially in the first half. We have too many players injured. Our players are also fatigued because they have been playing too many matches in a short time."

Suwaiq was involved in an AFC Cup away game against FC Ravshan on April 11 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which the Omani club won 5-0. However, both the teams failed to make it to the last 16.

 






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