The first matchweek of the Arabian Gulf League, which was held under the slogan “we commit to win”, concluded on Saturday with three home teams emerging victorious, three teams winning away from home and one match ending in a draw.
The action kicked off with a 6-0 home win for Al Wahda Al over Hatta. The game saw an impressive performance for new signing Tim Matavz. In addition, veteran player Ismail Matar also put in a good game, as he assisted two goals and scored one.
Meanwhile, Al Dhafra earned their first win in a league opener in 10 years. They defeated guests Ajman 4-1, thanks to a brace from each of Yasseen Al Bakhit and Suhail Al Mansoori.
Bani Yas were also able to collect a 4-1 away from home win over Al Wasl.
At the same time, Sharjah made a comeback to earn a late 4-2 win over Fujairah.
On Saturday, Al Ain avenged their recent 4-2 defeat to Khorfakkan in the Arabian Gulf Cup with a 2-0 win.
Shabab Al Ahli capitalized on Ittihad Kalba’s numerical disadvantage, as they were reduced to 10 men since the 22nd minute, and earned a 3-0 win away from home.
The most anticipated match of the week between Al Nasr and Al Jazira ended in a 1-1 draw at Al Maktoum stadium.
Matchweek 1 in numbers
A total of 29 goals were scored in the opening round of the league, with an average of 4.1 goals per match.
Al Wahda currently have the strongest offensive record after netting six goals. On the other hand, Hatta hold the weakest defensive record, after conceding six times.
Only three teams managed to keep a clean sheet; Al Wahda, Al Ain and Shabab Al Ahli.
Four players scored scored braces in the opening round; Al Wahda’s Tim Matavz, Sharjah’s Wilton Soares, and Al Dhafra’s Yasseen Al Bakhit and Suhail Al Mansoori.
Al Wahda’s Ismail Matar was involved in three goals, as he assisted twice and scored once from the spot.
Three red cards were shown in the first matchweek, as Hatta’s Eisa Ahmed, Kalba’s Sultan Al Zaabi, and Al Nasr’s Tariq Al Hammadi were sent off.
Despite the 4-2 defeat, Fujairah keeper Abdullah Al Tamimi made the most saves as he denied Sharjah players seven times.