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Al Jazira advanced to pole position in the league table after they edged Sharjah FC 3-0 in a clash at the top of the Arab Gulf League (AGL) on Friday night at Sharjah. Stadium in week 18.
It only took 14 minutes to break the deadlock after Moroccan defender Mohammed Rabii jumped highest to direct a header from Khalfan Mubarak.
Al-Jazeera star player Ali Mabkhout joined the party and beat Fabio Lima or Al Wasl in the Golden Boot race with a goal that not only doubled his team’s lead, but also put end their 465-minute scoreless streak against Sharjah.
The league leaders were reduced to 10 men when Abdalla Ramadan received the marching orders around the appointed time. However, that didn’t dampen their morale and they scored their third through Mabkhout converting a penalty in injury time.
Bani Yas ‘two good’ for Ajman slow
Bani Yas emerged triumphant over Ajman in their AGL encounter thanks to a goal in every half at home on Friday.
The hosts were in the lead from the first whistle and their efforts paid off when Ahmed Abunamous scored the first goal in the 23rd minute.
Ajman tried to get back into the game, but Bani Yas’ defenders stood their ground with courage and determination. Their comeback attempts were thwarted when Mohamed Ismail was shown a red at the end of the match.
To add salt to the injury, Joao Pedro scored from the spot later in injury time to seal the three points for Bani Yas, who remains in third place with 33 points from 18 games.
Al Ahli edged Korðakkan 4-3
El Al Ahli continued their fine form by defeating Korðakkan in a thriller 4-3 on Friday night. Al-Ahli went ahead twice, but both times Khörakkan managed to equalize.
Paulo Melo put the visiting team in front in the 76th minute only to see his team concede two goals in the final 10 minutes to Yahya Al Ghassani and Carlos Alves.
This was the fourth loss in a row for Khörakkan and coach Caio Zanardi would hope they at least finish the season on top with three more days to go.
Al Ahli’s quest to finish in the top three is underway, as he has collected 13 points out of 15 possible in his last five outings.
Al Nasr seals comfortable 2-0 over Hatta
Ramón Díaz’s team puffed and puffed to beat last Hatta 2-0 thanks to two late goals from Jassim Yaqoob (85 ‘) and Ryan Mendes (90 + 4’).
Yaqoob got on the end of a Ryan Mendes cross to open the scoring, while Mendes put his name on the score sheet with a close-range effort.
Al Nasr is in fourth place with three games to go, while Hatta continues their slump as they only have five points to show for their efforts this season.