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Al Ain Edge Out Rivals Al Wahda While Bani Yas and Al Wasl Climb Up the ADNOC Pro League Table

Al Ain extended their lead at the top of the ADNOC Pro League to seven points after defeating Al Wahda 1-0, while Bani Yas and Al Wasl moved up the table after defeating Al Nasr and Shabab Al Ahli respectively in matchweek 19.




Bani Yas - Al Nasr




A last-minute goal from Sasa Ivkovic gave Bani Yas a 2-1 home victory against Al Nasr 2-1 on Thursday.



The hosts enjoyed the bulk of possession with 65% to 35% for Al Nasr.



Bani Yas translated their possession into numerous chances, attempting 22 shots, seven of which were on target, while the away side were limited to seven efforts, four of which were on goal.



Despite the dominant display, the Sky Blues needed a late resurgence as they scored their two goals within a 92-second span when Isaac Thelin grabbed the equaliser at the death before Ivkovic sealed the victory in the second minute of the stoppage time.



This was the Serbian defender’s fifth goal this campaign and all of his goals came from headers following set-pieces; four from corners and one from a free-kick.


Sharjah - Ajman


Sharjah took home valuable three points against Ajman with a 2-1 win, taking their tally to 36 points in third place while Ajman sat seventh with 25 points.



The game saw possession shared evenly, and the two sides were also level in terms of shots on target, firing three efforts each.



Bernard was his side's most creative outlet, creating five chances, while his teammate Caio Lucas bagged a brace on the night.



Mohamed Helal’s goal for Ajman was the first scored by an Emirati player for the Oranges this season.



Al Orooba - Al Jazira



Milos Kosanovic’s penalty was the difference at Fujairah Stadium as Al Jazira edged out Al Orooba on Friday to cement their position at fourth with a game in hand against Ittihad Kalba to come on Tuesday.



The Pride of Abu Dhabi were in full control with 72% possession and produced 24 shots, compared to seven for the hosts.



Both teams had to wait for the second 45 minutes to get their first sight of goal, with Al Jazira registering four efforts on target, compared to three for Al Orooba.



Ittihad Kalba - Al Dhafra



Ittihad Kalba and Al Dhafra played out a 2-2 draw at Ittihad Kalba Stadium on Friday.


Despite the hosts keeping 70% possession in the first half, it was Al Dhafra who were more dangerous on the attacking front, hitting three shots on target, while the hosts pushed on in the second 45 minutes, grabbing the equaliser, and attempting two more shots on target.



Sultan Adil might not have scored, but the Ittihad Kalba man provided an assist and created five chances for his side, while Guilherme Augusto Vieira got on the scoresheet for Al Dhafra.



Emirates - Khorfakkan



Emirates got their second win of the campaign, beating Khorfakkan 2-1 in Ras Al Khaimah.


The hosts produced a masterclass in efficiency, scoring their only two shots on target and taking the three points despite keeping only 35% of possession.


Emirates’ defensive solidity is highlighted by the fact Khorfakkan’s 14 chances produced only four shots on target and a solitary goal.



The visitors also whipped 52 crosses compare to just nine for Emirates. Furthermore, coach Ayman El Ramady's men made 37 clearances, compared to eight for Gabriel Humberto's men.



Shabab Al Ahli - Al Wasl


Goals from Ghanem Ahmed and Ali Saleh handed Al Wasl a 2-0 away win over neighbours Shabab Al Ahli at Rashid Stadium on Saturday.


The hosts totally dominated the first half attempting four shots while Al Wasl had no response until the break.


Coach Odair Hellmann’s men started the second 45 minutes as a completely different team, unleashing four efforts on target, two of which found the back of the net.


Overall, Shabab Al Ahli had more of the ball, but both teams created five goal-scoring chances over the course of the 90 minutes.


Hassan Ibrahim excelled defensively for Al Wasl, producing six successful interceptions out of seven attempts, while goalkeeper Humaid Abdulla kept a clean sheet, saving all of Shabab Al Ahli's four shots on target.



Al Wahda - Al Ain



Kodjo Laba settled a high-octane affair at Al Nahyan Stadium, earning table-toppers Al Ain a valuable 1-0 win over Al Wahda.


Despite the game finishing with just one goal, it was not for lack of trying as the two teams attempted a combined 31 shots.



Al Wahda were the most proactive with 18 of those efforts, but Al Ain were more accurate, with four of their 13 shots being on target while Al Wahda had only three on goal.


Possession stats marginally favoured Al Ain (52%) and the visitors won 62 aerial duels to Al Wahda’s 38.


Al Wahda's Fabio Martins created five chances, Ismaeil Matar created three, while Joao Pedro produced two scoring chances.


At the other end of the pitch, Laba was his side's best performer, scoring the only goal of the night and creating five goal-scoring chances.


Al Wahda duo Adrien Silva, and Ala Zhir excelled defensively, with the former making four interceptions, and the latter making six clearances, producing three interceptions and blocking two shots.



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