Wilfried Bony got off to a scoring start at Al-Arabi but the Ivorian's debut ended in a 3-1 defeat to Al-Rayyan.
The striker reduced the deficit to 2-1 when he guided home a low cross from close range in the 52nd minute, but that couldn't prevent the visitors from avoiding defeat.
Bony played the full 90 minutes for Al-Arabi, who sit sixth in the 12-team Qatar Stars League, with the 30-year-old looking to add to his account in Thursday's home clash with Al-Shahaniya.
In the Turkish top flight, Andre Ayew came off the bench as Fenerbahce picked up a point in a home draw with Konyaspor.
Ayew played the final 30 minutes as the hosts came from behind to share the spoils against Konyaspor, who played the game with ten men for an hour following a red card.
Andre's younger brother Jordan was also in action as he helped Crystal Palace book their place in the FA Cup quarter-final.
Jordan started as the Eagles saw off League One side Doncaster - for whom Aaron Lewis was an unused substitute - 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
In the Scottish Championship, Ryan Blair made his first start for Dunfermline as they claimed a crucial 1-0 home win over Inverness.
The midfielder featured for 78 minutes in the victory at East End Park, which boosts the Pars' survival hopes.
Meanwhile, Borja (Alaves), Jefferson Montero (West Brom) and Botti Biabi (Maccesfield) were unused substitutes for their loan clubs while Tom Carroll was unavailable through injury for Aston Villa.