Umm Salal's bid to escape the relegation play-off places in the Qatari League suffered a blow today as they slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Al Gharafa while rivals Al Khrityat picked up a point at champions Lekhwiya.
Al Gharafa took the spoils with goals from Farhad Majidi (17) and Diego Tardelli (81) either side of an an equaliser from Magno Alves (27) as second-bottom Umm Salal slumped to a third successive loss.
That result allowed third-bottom Al Khrityat to open up a two-point gap over Umm Salal and the relegation play-off zone heading into the final round of matches after they held Lekhwiya 1-1.
Jaycee John put Al Khrityat ahead in the 39th minute before two-time reigning champions Lekhwiya levelled things up six minutes into the second half.
In today's other match, second-placed Al Jeish beat Al Arabi 1-0 thanks to a 57th-minute goal from Adriano.