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Matchweek 7 roundup: Sharjah drop first points, Al Nasr narrow gap at top

Matchweek 7 of the Arabian Gulf League saw Sharjah maintain their position on top despite being held to a draw, while Al Nasr narrowed the gap to three points only on the King.  


The league leaders dropped their first points of the season after playing out a 1-1 draw with Khorfakkan at Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi Stadium. Caio Lucas' opening goal was canceled out by an own goal from Abdalla Ghanim to bring their winning streak to an end. They, however, remained on top with 19 points. Meanwhile, Khorfakkan grabbed a valuable point, as this marked their second draw in the 2020-21 campaign, which put them in 12th place on two points.


Al Nasr capitalized on Sharjah’s draw and narrowed the gap at top with a 1-0 win over Bani Yas at Al Maktoum Stadium, thanks to a second-half strike from Diaa Saba. After their defeat to Sharjah, the Blues returned to winning ways to raise their tally to 16 points. On the other hand, Bani Yas remain winless for the fourth straight game to sit eighth on 10 points.


Al Jazira moved to third spot with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hatta, thanks to two first-half goals from Ali Mabkhout and Milos Kosanovic. They sit two points behind Al Nasr and are tied on 14 points with fourth-placed Al Ain. On the other hand, Hatta struggles continued as they linger at the bottom of the table with one point only.


Rayan Yaslam netted the winner in Al Ain's a 1-0 victory over Al Wahda as they claimed their third straight win and moved to fourth place. They put an end to Al Wahda’s three-game winning streak, as the Clarets dropped from second to fifth place and remained frozen on 13 points.


The biggest win of the week was by Shabab Al Ahli, who cruised past Ajman 5-1 at Rashid Stadium. A brace from Igor Jesus and goals from Ahmed Al Attas, Ahmed Khalil and Yousif Jaber helped Shabab Al Ahli return to winning ways and move to sixth place on 12 points. Meanwhile, Ajman sit 13th with two points only as they are among three teams who are yet to grab a win this season.


Ittihad Kalba are tied with Shabab Al Ahli on 12 points, but they sit 7th on goal difference after overcoming Al Dhafra 2-1, thanks to Peniel Mlapa’s late winner at Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium. The defeat put Al Dhafra, who suffered their third loss this season, in ninth place tied on 10 points with eighth-placed Bani Yas.


In a game that saw Fabio Lima net the opener in the first minute, Al Wasl emerged 3-0 victorious over Fujairah at Zabeel Stadium. The win put Al Wasl in 10th place on nine points, five above Fujairah who sit 11th.  


7 in numbers


After their 5-1 win over Ajman, Shabab Al Ahli hold the best offensive performance in the league with 18 goals, while Ajman and Hatta are the worst after scoring two goal each. Meanwhile, Hatta have the worst defensive record after conceding 19 goals in seven games. Al Nasr kept a clean sheet to maintain their record as the best defense, with the ball finding the back of their net three times only.


As a total of 18 goals were scored in all seven games, matchweek 7 saw an average of 2.57 goals per game, with Shabab Al Ahli’s Igor Jesus topping the goalscoring charts with nine goals.


Al Jazira, Al Wasl, Shabab Al Ahli, Al Nasr and Al Ain earned home wins, while Al Kalba were the only team to win away from home.

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