Dubai: Abu Dhabi’s neighbors enjoyed an unforgettable week with Al Jazeera and Al Wahda taking all the points in the sixth round of the Arab Gulf League (AGL) this weekend.
Al Jazeera returned to the capital after a fun 5-3 victory over Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, and Al Wahda got a 3-0 home result against Ajman at 10 on Saturday.
Al Wahda scored two quick goals as Yahya Al Ghassani opened the scoring in the 22nd minute before doubling his lead by Gianluca Muniz three minutes later.
Ajman defender Darlington Emmanuel was sent off with four minutes to go with VAR showing he had beaten Al Wahda’s Tim Matavz as he passed on goal.
Finally, the home side secured the problem when Mohammad Barqesh received the ball from Tahnoon Al Zaabi and tapped home in the 79th minute to see the Clarets climb to second on goal difference.
It was the fight between the top two teams that took center stage as Al Jazeera’s visit got off to a good start in the seventh minute as Imoh Ezekiel slipped between Majid Nasser’s legs for a 1-0 lead.
Abu Dhabi Pride doubled its lead just five minutes later as Khalfan Mubarak’s defensive pass put Ali Mabkhout in the clearance to pass Nasser home in Shabab’s goal.
The home side reduced the deficit four minutes later when Abdul Aziz Haikal headed for Igor Jesus’ path inside the box for the Brazilian to beat his markers and send the ball into the net.
Abdullah Ramadan restored the two-goal cushion for Al Jazeera as he came in from the edge of the box in the 37th minute to make the break with a 3-1 lead.
1. Sharjah 18 pts
2. Al Wahda 13
3. Al Nasr 13
4. Al Jazeera 11
5. Al Ain 11
6. Bani Yas 10
7. Al Dhafra 10
8. Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 9
9. Kalba 9
10. Al Wasl 6
11. Fujairah 4
12. Ajman 2
13. Khor Fakkan 1
14. Hatta 1
Jesus got his second of the night ten minutes into the second half after a solo run that saw him dribble past Al Jazeera defenders and beat Khasief with a skillful placement. But the home side did not have time to rejoice as substitute Oumar Traore crossed the ball to Mabkhout in the box and the UAE national team striker shot in an incredible first touch to bring the score to 4-2.
Ahmad Khalil came in as a replacement and scored the third for Shabab after a brace with Jesus. The hosts then missed a few chances with Ahmad Al Attas trying in the 72nd minute, then his first blow hitting the woodwork a few minutes later.
Al Jazeera then put the victory beyond a doubt two minutes from the moment when Traore controlled a long ball, beat his markers and shot in the net. The victory saw Al Jazeera increase his tally to 11 points and climb to fourth place, while Shabab fell to eighth place with nine points.
Defending champion Sharjah continues to lead the standings with a maximum of 18 points after six matches, while Al Wahda is second with 13 points, followed by Al Nasr in third on goal difference. Al Jazeera and Al Ain are tied with 11 points for fourth and fifth place, while Bani Yas and Al Dhafra take the next two places with 10 points each.
Al Wahda 3 Ajman 0
Al Dhafra 2 Khor Fakkan 0
Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 3 Al Jazira 5