Cheick Diabaté scored a hattrick as Al-Gharafa eased to a 5-0 victory over Al-Khor.
Gabriel Pires opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a powerful long-range effort that somehow found its way past goalkeeper Baba Djibril.
The Al-Khor defence struggled to cope with the powerful Diabaté who received the ball outside the box before shrugging the challenge of Rafael Faz and scoring the second goal in the 36th minute.
In the 44th minute, Moayed Hassan benefited from the extra attention given by Al-Khor defence to Diabaté to add the third goal with an easy finish after a perfect pass from Sofiane Hanni.
Less than a minute later, the Mali international added his second after once again easily dribbling past Tameem Al-Muhaza.
Al-Khor manager, Winfried Schafer, made four changes at halftime, taking off his veteran goalkeeper, and the two front men. But the game was already beyond his team as Diabaté completed his hattrick in the 75th minute, after an excellent through ball from substitute Ahmed Alaa.
The result gave Al-Gharafa their 4th win this season to remain fifth in the standings, while Al-Khor are still winless and only goal difference separates them from the relegation zone.
Thani bin Jassim Stadium at Al-Gharafa Sports Club
Yousef Hassan (GK)
Al-Mahdi Ali (70’ Abdalla Yousif)
Saifeldeen Hassan (90’ Chalpan AbdulNasir)
Gabriel Pires (90’ Ibrahim Khaled)
Amro Surag (70’ Jassim Al-Zarra)
Muayed Hassan (75’ Ahmed Alaa)
Unused Subs: Qasem Burhan (GK), Ahmed Sofyan (GK), Mohammed Mansour, Abdelaziz Beshir.
Baba Djibril (GK) (46’ Ali Mahmoud)
El-Nagi Ahmed (46’ Musab Abdulmajid)
Koo Ja-cheol (46’ Khaled Massad)
Said Brahmi (46’ Ahmad Al-Mohannadi)
Kayke (70’ Ismail El-Haddad)
Unused Subs: Mohamed Al-Ashwal (GK), Muhammad Zidan, Shabeeb Al-Muhannadi, Anas Ibrahim, Salem Al-Sufiani.
Referee: Mohammed Al-Shammari
1st assistant: Zahy Al-Shammari
2nd assistant: Al-Yafei Faisal
4th official: Mohammed Al-Obeidly
Gabriel Pires, Othman Al-Yahri (Al-Gharafa), Khaled Massad (Al-Khor)