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Shabab Al Ahli, Al Wahda share spoils in 2-2 draw

Shabab Al Ahli failed to burst into the top four after playing out a 2-2 draw with Al Wahda at Rashid Stadium in matchweek 16 of the Arabian Gulf League on Saturday.


Al Wahda grabbed the lead midway through the first half when Gianluca Muniz headed the ball home off a free-kick, leaving the Shabab Al Ahli keeper helpless.


The home side pushed forward and eventually found the back of the net, as Mohamed Juma grabbed the equalizer 10 minutes before the break. Igor Jesus' pass found Juma inside the box and the latter slotted home, as they headed into halftime deadlocked at 1-1.


Carlos Eduardo completed Shabab Al Ahli’s comeback in the 59th minute when he sent a fine strike from the edge of the box off an inch-perfect cross to hand his side a 2-1 advantage.


However, the home side’s lead was short-lived as Khamis Esmaeel levelled the scoreline only one minute later. The 31-year-old midfielder fired a powerful effort from outside the box that left the keeper helpless and kept the Clarets’ hopes alive.

Shabab Al Ahli were reduced to 10 men deep into injury time as Abdullah Al Naqbi received a second booking. However, it had no effect on the result as the game ended in a draw, leaving Shabab Al Ahli in fifth place on 26 points, two above Al Wahda. 

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