Doha: Youssef Msakni wanted two goals to emerge as the QSL top scorer and by the rate he was going in the last few matches it looked easily attainable. He took the field at the start of the second half and tried all he could, but he soon was injured and replaced, leaving his strike partner Youssef El Arabi with 26 goals, as the top scorer.
El Arabi had not featured in the match as he was recovering from a knee injury, but it turned out he had done just enough to win the personal duel with his captain.
"I'm very happy that we won the title in such a way. and I'm happy that I could be the top scorer for the second consecutive year. This would motivate me to perform well in the future," said El Arabi who had 24 goals last term.
The Morroco international said he wants to win every title on offer with Duhail this term as they are in top form.
"We want to win all the titles - the Qatar Cup, Emir Cup and the especially the Champions League. The team is very strong this season as you can see from the results.
We have big players such as Msakni and we are ready to compete for all titles on offer this year," said the former Granada player.
"My rivalry with captain Msakni is a very positive one and it's good for the team. I wanted to win the top-scorer award, but it's good that I was challenged by Msakni till the end," said El Arabi who scored three hat-tricks this season, including a four-goal blitz against Al Ahli.
The 31-year old, who was nursing a knee injury, said he had recovered from it and opted not to play as a precaution.
"I am fit now, but I did not want to take any risk and that's why I didn't play today."