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Sharjah, Ajman Move up in ADONC Pro League Table after the End of Matchweek 17

Al Ain racked up another win on their relentless march towards the ADNOC Pro League title, maintaining their six-point lead at the top of the table, while Al Wahda kept the pressure on the league leaders after snatching a 2-1 home win over Al Wasl in matchweek 17. 




Meanwhile, Shabab Al Ahli slipped for the second time in their last three games on a weekend that saw eight teams scoring goals, while the other six teams blanked.




Khorfakkan -Al Nasr




Two goals in each half helped Khorfakkan register a famous 4-0 win over Al Nasr at Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi Stadium on Friday, picking up their first win after losing their last seven games in the ADNOC Pro League.




Despite the visitors’ superiority in terms of possession, the hosts fired 14 shots, half of them were on target, while Al Nasr attempted four efforts on target, two in each half.



Khorfakkan midfielder Raphael Guimaraes was his side's most productive player, scoring a goal and creating four chances, two of them resulted in goals.



Emirates - Al Jazira



Reigning champions Al Jazira returned to winning ways after pulling off a 3-0 away win against Emirates on Friday.



The visitors enjoyed 60% of the possession and produced 15 efforts, six of which were on target, while Emirates lacked accuracy, firing ten shots, only two of which were on target.



ADNOC Pro League's all-time top scorer Ali Mabkhout failed to score against Emirates despite netting 15 goals against them in previous clashes.




The striker was, however, at his creative best, creating four scoring chances, including an assist to Abdoulay Diaby.



Al Orooba - Ajman



Ajman cruised to a comfortable 3-0 away victory against Al Orooba at Fujairah Stadium on Friday.



The hosts dominated most of the game, unleashing 11 efforts, seven of which were within the frame of the goal, while the hosts produced a single shot on target out of 13.




Tunisian international Firas Belarbi supplied an assist to Moroccan forward Walid Azaro, who kept his composure to beat the goalkeeper from inside the box for an all-Maghreb goal.



Ittihad Kalba - Al Ain


Al Ain managed a routine 2-0 win against Ittihad Kalba, making it four wins on the trot and maintaining their six-point lead at the top of the table, all while keeping a third clean sheet in a row for the first time since April 2018.




Despite Ittihad Kalba's relative superiority in terms of possession with 52%, compared to 48% for Al Ain, the visitors fired eight shots on target, while the hosts produced four efforts on target.




Al Ain's eight shots were launched by trio Laba Kodjo (3), Soufiane Rahimi (3), and Cristian Guanca (2), while Erik Jorgens produced a stunning performance in terms of defence, producing three interceptions and blocking four passes.




Both goalkeepers delivered brilliant performances with Khalid Eisa denying four shots to keep a clean sheet for the third match in a row, while young Eisa Houti brilliantly parried out six shots, and conceded two goals.




Bani Yas - Al Dhafra



Bani Yas returned to winning ways after suffering two defeats and holding a goalless draw in their last three games in the ADNOC Pro League.



Goals from Isaac Thelin and Eisa Al Maazmi helped the Sky Blues secure a 2-0 win over Al Dhafra at Bani Yas Stadium on Saturday.



Despite Bani Yas' superiority in terms of possession, the two teams were almost level in terms of the game's statistics.




The visitors produced six shots on target, compared to five for the hosts.




Forward Guilherme Augusto was Al Dhafra's most productive player, creating five goal-scoring chances, but none of them were converted by his teammates.




Bani Yas left-back Joao Victor impressed at both ends of the pitch, scoring the opening goal and making seven blocks.




Al Wahda - Al Wasl




Omar Khrbin made the difference for Al Wahda in a 2-1 home win over Al Wasl at Al Nahyan Stadium on Saturday.




The hosts were utterly dominant in the first half, while the visitors started the second half as a completely different team, stealing the possession from the ADNOC Pro League runner-up.




The two teams were level in terms of shots on target, firing five efforts on target each, but Al Wasl produced 12 shots, compared to 11 for Al Wahda.




Sharjah - Shabab Al Ahli




Sharjah left it late to defeat Shabab Al Ahli 1-0 in a top-four clash at Sharjah Stadium on Saturday.




Possession was almost equally shared with Shabab Al Ahli keeping 51% of the ball, compared to 49% for Sharjah.




The hosts posed a real threat on goalkeeper Majed Naser, who brilliantly denied six shots out seven, while the visitors fired only three on efforts on target, and all of them were in the first half.




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