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Matchweek 6 roundup: Sharjah extend gap at top, Al Wahda move up to second place

Matchweek 6 of the Arabian Gulf League saw high-flying Sharjah claim their sixth win of the season to move five points clear at the top of standings.


The King earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Al Nasr at home, thanks to a brace from Igor Coronado. The Brazilian opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half, before Diaa Saba equalized just before the one-hour mark. Coronado then netted the winner 10 minutes from time to extend Sharjah’s winning streak to six games and maintain their position on top with 18 points.


On the other hand, this marked Al Nasr’s first defeat of the season, as they dropped to third place behind second-placed Al Wahda on goal difference. Al Nasr also failed to keep a clean sheet for the first time since matchweek 1 when they played out a 1-1 draw with Al Jazira.


Al Wahda moved to second place after cruising past Ajman with a 3-0 win at Al Nahyan Stadium. Yahya Al Ghassani and Gianluca Muniz netted two quickfire goals in the first half, before Mohamed Barqesh sealed the full points with a third goal 10 minutes from time. The defeat left Ajman, who are yet to get a win this season, in 12th place with two points only.


Al Jazira jumped to fourth place on 11 points after emerging victorious in a 5-3 thriller with Shabab Al Ahli at Rashid Stadium in a game that saw Ali Mabkhout net a brace and Imoh Ezekiel, Abdalla Ramadan and Oumar Traore score a goal each. On the other hand, Igor Jesus’ scored twice and Ahmed Khalil netted a goal for Shabab Al Ahli, who dropped to eighth place on nine points.


After their 2-1 comeback win over Al Wasl at Zabeel Stadium, Al Ain earned their third victory of the season and moved one spot up to fifth place with 11 points. Meanwhile, Al Wasl, who earned two wins only and suffered four defeats, dropped to 10th place with six points.


Second-half goals from Mikhail Rosheuvel and Denilson Junior handed Al Dhafra a 2-0 win over struggling Khorfakkan at Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium. The win moved Al Dhafra one spot up, as they occupy seventh place on 10 points. Meanwhile, Khorfakkan have one point only in 13th place.


Bani Yas failed to return to winning ways as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Ittihad Kalba at home to drop to sixth place on 10 points. Meanwhile, Kalba earned their second win in a row to move to ninth place, tied on nine points with eighth-placed Shabab Al Ahli.  


Fujairah’s Firas Ben Al Arbi netted the winner against Hatta to hand his side their first win of the season as they raised their tally to four points in 11th place. This marked Hatta’s fifth defeat as they linger at the bottom of the table with one point only.


Matchweek 6 in numbers


Sharjah and Al Wahda hold the best offensive performance in the league so far with 16 goals each, while Ajman are the worst after scoring one goal only. Meanwhile, Hatta have the worst defensive record after conceding 17 goals in six games. Despite conceding two goals against Sharjah, Al Nasr still have the best defensive record, with the ball finding the back of their net three times only.


As a total of 22 goals were scored in all seven games, matchweek 6 saw an average of 3.14 goals per game. In addition, Shabab Al Ahli’s Igor Jesus and Sharjah’s Igor Coronado are tied on seven goals at the top of the goalscoring charts.


Fujairah, Sharjah, Al Wahda and Al Dhafra earned home wins, while Al Jazira and Kalba and Al Ain won away from home.

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