Agleague Matchweek 15 Roundup
Sharjah continued their impressive results to further cement their position at the top of the table after the conclusion of matchweek 15 of the Arabian Gulf League.
The King collected three valuable points against Al Nasr, thanks to Ryan Mendes winner in the 74th minute. The guests capitalized on their opponents’ numerical disadvantage who had to play with 10 men after Tariq Ahmed was sent off two minutes before the break.
The win leaves Sharjah on top of the table and increases their tally to 37 points while Al Nasr are 10th on 16 points.
Sharjah also extended the gap with second-placed Al Ain who fell to a surprise 3-0 defeat to Al Dhafra. The Boss’ poor results in the second half of the league continued as they now have 32 points, five away from the league leaders.
Fourth-placed Shabab Al Ahli also dropped points as they were held to a thrilling 2-2 draw by Ajman. The hosts squandered a 2-0 advantage as Mame Thiam netted a brace for the Oranges to snatch a point for his side, leaving them in seventh place on 20 points. They now sit nine points behind Shabab Al Ahli.
Meanwhile, Al Jazira returned to winning ways, earning a 5-0 win over Fujairah. The Pride of Abu Dhabi remained third on 31 points, just one behind Al Ain, while the Wolves are in a tough position as they are frozen on 13 points in 12th place.
They are one point behind 11th-placed Al Wasl who fell to a 2-1 defeat to Bani Yas. The Sky Blues managed to keep the momentum going, as they collected their fourth win in a row to sit fifth on 24 points.
Dibba, meanwhile, continued to struggle after suffering their seventh defeat in a row to Al Wahda. The Sailors remain at the bottom of the table on four points, while Al Wahda are sixth on 24 points.
The most dramatic game in the week was Emirates Club and Ittihad Kalba clash. As the game seemed to be headed for a goalless draw, Cheick Diabate snatched a last-gasp goal for the Falcons in the 89th minute. However, Balazs Dzsudzsak scored from the spot during the extra time to level the scoreline, as both sides shared the spoils. The Falcons, who collected their second draw in a row, remain 13th on 12 points, while the Tigers are eighth on 19 points.
A total of 22 goals were scored in matchweek 15 with an average of 3.14 goals per match. No match ended goalless, with Fujairah, Al Nasr, and Al Ain being the only teams that failed to find the back of the net.
Ali Mabkhout and Brazilian forward Welliton Soares maintained their places at the top of goalscoring charts with 15 goals each. Meanwhile, Al Wahda’s Sebastian Tagliabue edged closer to the top as he now has 13 goals.
Al Jazira hold the best attacking record with 42 goals, while Dibba have the worst offensive record, having scored 17 goals only. The Sailors also have the worst defensive record as they conceded 41 goals in 15 gameweeks, while Al Ain are the best, having conceded 14 goals so far.