Umm Salal's bid to escape the relegation play-off places in the Qatari League suffered a blow as it slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Al Gharafa while rival Al Khrityat picked up a point at champion Lekhwiya.
Al Gharafa took the spoils with goals from
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 it held Lekhwiya 1-1.
In the day's other match, second-placed Al Jeish beat
Midfielder Nick Carle will return to Sydney FC after a 12-month loan deal with Bani Yas in the United Arab Emirates Pro League.