Sharjah dropped their first two points in the 2020-21 Arabian Gulf League season as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Khorfakkan at Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi Stadium in matchweek 7 on Thursday night.
The league leaders needed 18 minutes to find the back of the net. After a one-two between Caio Lucas and Welliton Soares, the former fired an unstoppable strike into the top corner of the net, leaving Khorfakkan keeper Mohamed Yousef helpless.
Igor Coronado came close to doubling the guests’ lead right before halftime, but the Brazilian midfielder's freekick was saved by Yousef, as Sharjah headed into the break with a 1-0 advantage.
The hosts equalized few minutes after the one-hour mark, thanks to an own-goal by Abdulla Ghanim, who mistakenly redirected a cross into his side’s net to level the scoreline at 1-1.
Sharjah almost made a late comeback but were denied by a heroic double save from Yousef one minute from time. The Khorfakkan keeper saved efforts from Coronado and Khalid Bawazir before the defense blocked Welliton Soares’ attempt.
This marked Sharjah’s first draw of the season after six straight wins, yet they maintained their position on top of the standings with 19 points. On the other hand, Khorfakkan are 12th after clinching their second point.