Lekhwiya crown golden debut

Lekhwiya have concluded a remarkable debut season in the Qatar Stars League by being crowned champions.

A 3-0 victory over Umm Salal on Friday 3-0 gave maintained a five-point margin over Al Gharafa, winners of the last three championships, with only one round of matches remaining. The club known as Al Shorta until 2009, finished last at the second (and lowest) league level as recently as 2008, but claimed promotion with several matches to spare last year.