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First leg results leave Arabian Gulf Cup quarter-final ties wide open

All teams are yet to seal their spot in the semi-final of the Arabian Gulf Cup after the conclusion of the first leg of the quarter-final, which saw Al Nasr draw 1-1 with Fujairah at Al Maktoum Stadium, Bani Yas play out a 1-1 draw with Ittihad Kalba at home, Shabab Al Ahli earn a 4-2 advantage away from home against Khorfakkan and Sharjah held to a 0-0 draw by Al Wasl at home.


Shabab Al Ahli edged a step closer towards the semi-final after earning a 4-2 win away from home against Khorfakkan in a game that saw two red cards, with Shabab Al Ahli’s Abdulaziz Haikal being sent off in the 67th minute and Bruno Lamas of Khorfakkan being shown the red card deep into injury time.


Shabab Al Ahli netted three first-half goals from Ahmed Al Attas, Heldon Ramos and Carlos Eduardo, before Khorfakkan made a comeback thanks to a Bruno Lamas goal and an own goal from Mohammed Marzooq. Shabab Al Ahli then extended their lead from a penalty kick that was converted by Federico Cartabia in the 88th minute.


Fujairah enter the second leg with a slight advantage after drawing 1-1 with Al Nasr away from home, as Kristiano Armenteros canceled out Toze’s second-minute opener.


Bani Yas also settled for a 1-1 draw against Kalba, as the guests’ Peniel Mlapa opened the scoring in the 57th minute, before Joao Pedro netted the equalizer 20 minutes from time. Kalba will now start the second leg as slight favorites after earning an away from home draw.  


Sharjah and Al Wasl have almost equal chances ahead of the return leg set to be held on January 26th at Zabeel Stadium after playing out a 0-0 draw at Sharjah Stadium in the first leg.

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