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Arabian Gulf League U21 matchweek 3 roundup

Matchweek 3 of the Arabian Gulf League U21, which was concluded on Sunday, saw Ittihad Kalba and Al Ain maintain their perfect start to the season as they earned their third win in a row.


Kalba earned a 3-1 home win over Al Jazira to top the standings on nine points. They are followed by Al Ain, who beat Sharjah 2-0 away from home, and sit second on goal difference.


Al Jazira’s defeat to Kalba marked the Pride of Abu Dhabi’s first loss of the season, who dropped to third place on six points.


Fujairah, Hatta and Al Wasl are all tied on five points, occupying the spots from fourth to sixth, respectively.


Fujairah settled for a 1-1 draw with Al Dhafra at home and Al Wasl drew 1-1 with Al Nasr at Al Maktoum Stadium. Meanwhile, Hatta snatched their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory over Ajman at Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium.


The seventh and eighth spots are occupied by Sharjah and Al Nasr, respectively. The King lost their first game of the season to second-placed Al Ain, while Al Nasr were held to a draw by Al Wasl.  


Shabab Al Ahli and Ajman have three points each, after winning one game and losing the other two. After claiming a 4-1 win over Al Wahda at Rashid Stadium, Shabab Al Ahli moved to ninth place, while Ajman dropped to 10th following their defeat to Hatta.


Khorfakkan, Al Dhafra, Bani Yas and Al Wahda all have one point each and occupy the spots from 11th to 14th, respectively. Matchweek 3 saw Khorfakkan and Bani Yas share the spoils after a 2-2 draw at Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qassimi Stadium to claim their first point of the season. Meanwhile, Al Dhafra drew with Fujairah 1-1 and Al Wahda succumbed to a 4-1 defeat against Shabab Al Ahli.


Kalba, Shabab Al Ahli and Hatta all earned home wins, while Al Ain were the only team to claim a victory away from home in matchweek 3.


Fourth placed Fujairah have the strongest offensive record with eight goals, while Bani Yas, who sit 13th, hold the worst defensive record so far, after conceding eight goals.


Matchweek 4 action is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, November 5.

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