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Al Jazira 1:1 Sharjah. AGL 18.19. Match Summary

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uae.agleague.ae: October 5, 2018
 
Two goals within three minutes cancelled one another as Al Jazira and Sharjah shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in the pick of Arabian Gulf League matchweek 5 at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.
 
Al Jazira dominated throughout the first half, focusing their efforts on the right side, with full-back Mohammed Fawzi sending numerous crosses into the box to no avail.
 
The hosts, on the other side, relied on the pace of Igor Coronado and Ryan Mendes to hit on the counter, but Al Jazira’s defence were alert to their threat.
 
National team pair Ali Mabkhout and Khalfan Mubarak exchanged quick passes to move deep into Sharjah’s half, but Mubarak’s effort from the edge of the box passed just inches wide of the post in the 37th minute.
 
Mabkhout thought he had scored his seventh goal of the campaign in the dying seconds of the opening half, but the striker’s header at the far post was miraculously saved by goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani.
 
The second half kicked-off in a similar pattern as the Pride of Abu Dhabi continued to push forward, with Ernest Asante testing Al Hosani from distance and Mabkhout seeing his follow up effort cleared off the line in the first ten minutes.
 
Sharjah’s defences finally yielded under the hosts’ pressure as young defender Khalifa Al Hammadi netted his second goal of the season in the 70th minute. The 19-year-old rose highest to power in a header from Leonardo Pereira’s corner kick despite Al Hosani’s desperate efforts to rescue.
 
The Pride of Abu Dhabi’s joy was short-lived, however, as Welliton Soares swiftly equalised for Sharjah two minutes later. The Brazilian got on the end of an Igor Coronado cross and after a physical battle with Al Hammadi inside the box, manged to sneak in a shot underneath goalkeeper Ali Khaseif for his seventh goal of the competition.
 
Both sides remained unbeaten as Sharjah retained their place at the top of the table with 13 points, with goal difference keeping them ahead of Al Ain who drew Fujairah. Al Jazira, meanwhile, stay two points off the pace with 11 points in fourth place.