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Sharjah Reach ADIB Cup Quarter-Finals despite 2-3 Loss to Bani Yas

Sharjah advanced to the quarter-finals of the ADIB Cup with a 5-3 aggregate win over Bani Yas after suffering a 2-3 loss to the latter at Sharjah Stadium on Saturday.

Rafael Elias Bataglia broke the deadlock in the 30th minute when he capitalized on a misplaced pass from Sharjah's defense to cut inside the penalty area, before lobbing the ball over the goalkeeper.

Five minutes before the break, Makhete Diop managed to bring the hosts level with a diving header into the back of the net.

Rafael scored again and gave the lead for his side quickly when he fired a sublime strike into the top corner of the net in the 42nd minute.

Seven minutes before the hour-mark, the Brazilian striker grabbed his hat-trick when picked up the ball from the midfield and ran onto the penalty area before hitting the back of the net with a smart finish.

Sharjah's striker Ousmane Camara reduced the deficit when he met Luan Pereira's low cross with a right-footed effort into the bottom corner of the net, to make it 2-3.

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