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Steady Quo Remains after Matchweek 21 of the ADNOC Pro League

There was little change across the ADNOC Pro League table following the end of matchweek 21 of the competition as Al Ain racked up another win on their relentless march towards the title, maintaining their seven-point lead at the top of the table.





All top-five teams retained their positions and so did the bottom four who all lost their games.



The action got underway with nine goal across the two Friday games, with Al Wahda netting three of them while each of Al Dhafra, Ittihad Kalba and Al Nasr got two.




Al Wahda- Al Dhafra


Despite Al Wahda dominating possession with 67%, Al Dhafra were more clinical six of their ten shots finding their way to within the frame of the goal, while the hosts fired seven efforts on target out of 23.



Portuguese forward Fabio Martins created five of Al Wahda’s 18 scoring opportunities, while his teammates Omar Khribin and Ismaeil Matar created four each.



Ittihad Kalba- Al Nasr



Both teams shared the possession equally, while Ittihad Kalba winning the most duels and aerial duels in addition to launching six shots on target, compared to four for Al Nasr.



Duo Robert Zulj and Sultan Adill created four-goal-scoring chances each, but Zulj excelled in duels, winning seven out of nine.



The second day has not differed from the first as the net rippled on nine occasions too, with Al Wasl crushing Emirates 3-0, while Ajman came from behind to snatch a 4-2 win over Khorfakkan.




Ajman - Khorfakkan



Ajam excelled in shots accuracy, as six of their seven short were on target and produced four goals, while Khorfakkan had 16 attempts, four of which were within the frame of the goal and scored two goals.



The visitors created 11 goal-scoring chances, while the hosts created just six. Hussain Abdulrahman personified Ajman’s teamplay approach as eight players were involved in the ten-pass buildup to the goal.




Al Wasl - Emirates



Al Wasl had a stroll in the park against Emirates as they enjoyed the bulk of possession with 60%, compared to 40% for Emirates.


Despite their superiority in terms of possession, they fired just three shots, and all of them found the back of the net, while the visitors produced just a single effort.



The third and the last day of matchweek 21 saw eight goals scored, with Sharjah having the lion's share with five goals against Al Orooba, while Bani Yas held for a 1-1 draw against Al Jazira, and ADNOC Pro League leaders Al Ain secured a valuable 1-0 win over Shabab Al Ahli.



Sharjah - Al Orooba



Sharjah were dominant from start to finish launching 19 shots, eight of which were on target, producing five goals, while Al Orooba fired just six shots, none of which were on target.




Bani Yas - Al Jazira



Bani Yas and Al Jazira played out a 1-1 draw at Baniyas Stadium on Saturday.



Al Jazira had the most possession with 63%, but Bani Yas was slightly more dangerous, making five attempts on target, compared to four for the Pride of Abu Dhabi.



Al Jazira's Ali Mabkhout was his side’s focal point, scoring a goal and producing four goal-scoring chances.



Al Ain - Shabab Al Ahli



Al Ain enjoyed slightly more possession (52%) in the opening period, while Shabab Al Ahli dominated in the second half with 65%.



Chances were few and far between, with Shabab Al Ahli launching four efforts on target, compared to three for Al Ain.



Cristian Guanca was his side's most creative players, producing five goal-scoring chances, including an assist for the only goal of the night.



Duo Danilo Arboleda and Kouame Autonne delivered textbook defensive displays, producing four interceptions each, with the former making seven clearances.



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