In a captivating display of football at Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium, Al Bataeh and Sharjah delivered an enthralling 3-3 draw, marking a remarkable encounter in matchweek eight of the ADNOC Pro League.
The match saw Al Bataeh temporarily ascend to sixth place with 12 points, while Sharjah held onto the fourth spot with a total of 14 points
The game commenced with Al Bataeh showcasing a formidable offensive front. Sharjah’s goalkeeper, Adel Alhosani, found himself under early pressure, notably with a crucial save from Alvaro De Oliveira’s attempt in the 8th minute.
Al Bataeh's relentless attack bore fruit when Sekou Baba brilliantly netted the first goal in the 19th minute after an impressive individual effort, marking his third goal of the season and asserting his pivotal role in Al Bataeh’s striking force.
The team's momentum surged with Abdalla Abdulrahman Mohammed scoring a swift second goal in the 26th minute, outmaneuvering Sharjah's goalkeeper with a cunning shot. Alvaro De Oliveira further bolstered Al Bataeh’s lead with a potent strike from beyond the box in the 35th minute, scoring his team's first long-range league goal of the season.
Despite a challenging three-goal deficit, Sharjah FC displayed remarkable resilience. The comeback was initiated by Mohammad Abdulbasit's powerful long-distance strike in the 39th minute.
The momentum shift was solidified when Luan Pereira executed a precise header following Majed Almherzi’s cross in the 45+3rd minute, bringing the score to a tense 3-2 at halftime.
The second half saw an early equalizer from Sharjah, with Caio Lucas expertly converting a penalty in the 51st minute, signaling an intense fight for dominance.