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Matchweek 14 roundup: Top three remain unchanged

The top three positions remained unchanged, while mid-table competition intensified after the conclusion of matchweek 14 of the Arabian Gulf League, which marked the start of the second half of the season.


After losing the Arabian Gulf Super Cup title and getting eliminated from the Arabian Gulf Cup, Sharjah returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Fujairah. The King thought they put the result to bed after they went 3-0 up against Fujairah after one hour, thanks to a brace from Igor Coronado and a goal from Caio Lucas. However, they survived a late scare when the guests reduced the deficit through Samuel Armenteros and Alvaro de Oliveira and were close to snatching a late draw.


Despite Fujairah controlling possession, it was the King who collected the three points to maintain their lead at the top of the standings on 35 points.


They are five points above second-placed Al Jazira who cruised to a 3-0 win over Al Nasr in a game that saw Ali Mabkhout shine, as he provided two assists for Oumar Traore and converted from the spot to get his name on the scoresheet.


Despite falling to a 2-0 defeat to Al Wasl, Bani Yas remained in third place on 26 points. First half goals from Nasser Mahmoud and Ali Saleh ended the Sky Blues’ six-game undefeated run and handed Al Wasl three valuable points.


Al Ain are tied on 24 points with Al Nasr after they were held to a 2-2 away from home draw with Khorfakkan, which ends the Boss’ winning run against Khorfakkan in the league. Al Ain were more dangerous on goal yet goals from Ismail Al Hammadi and Raphael Guimaraes handed the hosts a valuable point.


After winning the Arabian Gulf Super Cup title and advancing to the Arabian Gulf Cup semis, Shabab Al Ahli kept the momentum alive with a comfortable 2-0 win over Ittihad Kalba, thanks to first half goals from Mohammed Juma and Majed Hassan. They continue to advance as they are now sit sixth and are tied with seventh-placed Al Wahda on 22 points.


The Clarets earned an easy 4-1 win over Hatta in a match that saw new signing Omar Khrbin net a double on his debut, Myung Joo Lee and Tim Matavz score a goal each. Meanwhile, Habib Yousuf scored Hatta’s only goal of the game.


Al Wahda sit two points above Al Wasl, who occupy the eighth place and three above ninth-placed Kalba.


Meanwhile, Ajman collected their second win of the season after beating Al Dhafra 2-1. The Oranges came from behind as Pedro Conde opened the scoring for Al Dhafra in the eighth minute, before Husain Abdulrahman and Madibo Maiga snatched the three points in the second half.


The defeat left Al Dhafra in 10th place on 16 points, one above Khorfakkan in 11th place. On the other hand, Ajman moved to 12th position on nine points, two above Fujairah. Hatta continue to linger at the bottom of the standings on two points.

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