ADNOC Pro League’s early weeks have clearly demonstrated the importance of headed goals and the huge role they can play in deciding games’ results. For example, 9 out of the 29 goals scored have been headers, which amounts to an unbelievable 31% of the scored goals tally in the first two rounds of the competition.
Interestingly, only four out of the fourteen teams in the Pro League managed to benefit from headed goals. Leading the list are Al Wahda who scored 3 out of their 5 goals from headers. They were all scored in the first half of their game against Al Orooba; a brace from Joao Pedro and a header from Omar Khribin.
Furthermore, the other three teams all managed to find the back of the net twice with headed strikes; they were, Al Nasr, Al Ain and Al Wasl. Both Al Nasr and Al Ain scored two out of their total five goals from headers. Al Nasr's headers were scored against Al Orooba by Gláuber Lima and Antonio Carvallho (Tozé). Whereas Al Ain's double was netted by Kouame Autonne Kouadio against Khorfakkan in week 1 and Yassine Meriah against Emirates in the 2nd week.
Al Wasl were the third team to take advantage of headers on two different occasions; first when Ramiro Benetti snatched a precious late win for his team over Baniyas in the 93rd minute in match-week 1, and it reoccured when Araújo handed them an early lead in game-week 2 against Khorfakkan two minutes into the encounter with a perfectly-executed header as the game eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.