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Matchweek 22 roundup: Bani Yas go top of Arabian Gulf League standings

Matchweek 22 of the Arabian Gulf League saw Bani Yas climb to the top of the standings after edging basement dwellers Hatta 1-0 at home. Nicolas Gimenez’s first-half strike put the Sky Blues at the top after Al Jazira succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Al Wahda at Al Nahyan Stadium.


A goal in each half from Tim Matavz and Ismail Matar saw the Clarets emerge victorious with a clean sheet in the Abu Dhabi derby, while the Pride of Abu Dhabi lost the top spot, and dropped to second place with 47 points.


Sharjah rescued a point against Al Wasl as they came from behind to snatch a 3-3 draw at Zabeel Stadium. Joao Figueiredo handed the home side a 2-0 lead into halftime. Welliton Soares reduced the deficit after the restart before Ali Salmin regained Al Wasl’s two-goal advantage one minute later. Saif Rashid and Salem Saleh netted a goal each to raise the King’s tally to 41 points. Meanwhile, Al Wasl extended their undefeated run to 12 games.


Shabab Al Ahli moved to fourth place after their 2-1 victory over Al Dhafra at Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium. They replaced Al Nasr who dropped to fifth following their 2-0 loss to Fujairah, with the latter earning their first-ever win over the Blues in the Arabian Gulf League.


A goal in each half from Mohamed Abbas and Laba Kodjo saw Al Ain beat Ajman 2-0 at Rashid bin Saeed Stadium to close the gap on third-placed Sharjah to four points.


They are followed by Al Wahda who sit seventh with 35 points, one clear of eighth-placed Al Wasl. Meanwhile, Ittihad Kalba waited until late to defeat Khorfakkan as they scored two goals in less than five minutes to emerge 2-1 victorious. The Tigers sit ninth with 32 points, 11 clear of Khorfakkan.


After losing to Shabab Al Ahli, Al Dhafra remained on 20 points, six clear of Fujairah who moved to 12th place. Meanwhile, Ajman dropped into the relegation zone with 11 points, three above Hatta who continue to linger at the bottom.

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