Doha: Qatar Sports Club and Al Khor played out a goalless draw in the QNB Stars League on Thursday.
The result helped Qatar SC, in 10th position with four points, halt their four-game losing streak but Khor, in 11th with just two points, are still without a victory.
For Khor, new signing Wagner Ferreira almost made it a dream debut when he found himself perfectly placed in the box for a measured Helal Mohamed cross, but the Brazilian midfielder's header, the only attempt on goal from both sides in the first half, was saved by Qatar SC keeper Jassem Adel.
Khor threatened again immediately after the restart and Adel had to make a desperate lunging save to stop Ahmed Yasin from breaking the deadlock.
Qatar SC, for whom Ahmed Moein was one the few brighter spots, slowly got back in the game and got a chance in the 50th minute, but Samuel Eto'o hit straight at goalkeeper Mohammed Al Bakri despite having a clear view at goal.
Ali Awad also missed a chance, an even better one, when he did all the hard work in getting into a good shooting position inside the box, but he failed to hit the target.
Qatar SC suddenly looked the better team after Khor's bright start to the half and Hussein Ali's fierce shot from just inside the box fizzed over the top of the crossbar.
But they lost the ball in midfield and Khor came close to punishing them as substitute Salem Khalifa missed Wagner's cross only by a whisker.
Eto'o then sidefooted his volley wide as both teams created chances galore all of a sudden.
Qatar SC were down to 10 men in the 70th minute when Dodo gave a slight nudge on the back of Salem Khalifa, who was about to break into the box. Dodo was the last defender and referee Abdulrahman Ibrahim did not hesitate to flash the red card.
Khor failed to make use of their numerical advantage while Qatar SC also missed the chances that came their way to register their second victory.
In another match, Al Arabi blanked Al Shahania 3-0 to provisionally go top of the table with 12 points from six matches.
Al Rayyan with from five matches are second, while Al Duhail and Al Sadd, who both are on 10, have two matches in hand.