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Sharjah 4 : 4 Al Jazira. AGCup. The Match Summary

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uae.agleague.ae: 10 Nov. 2015
 
A remarkable eight-goal thriller saw Sharjah and Al Jazira share the points with a 4-4 draw in Round 5 of the Arabian Gulf Cup. The hosts’ goals came courtesy of a brace from Wanderley Santos and goals from Abdulla Ghanem and Maicosuel, whilst Sultan Al Shamsi, Thiago Neves, Khalfan Mubarak and Juma Abdulla were on target for the visitors at the Sharjah Stadium. Sharjah now have 5 points in Group B, whilst Al Jazira move onto 3. 
 
A combative start to the game saw plenty of promising build-up play but nothing by way of end product for either side, but in the 29th minute the deadlock was broken by the first effort registered on target, as Brazilian striker Wanderley Santos rose between his two markers to head Hamdan Qassim’s cross in at the near post and give Sharjah a 1-0 lead. Exactly 10 minutes later the lead was doubled in fine style as Wanderley bagged his brace; a terrific left-footed volley from Maicosuel’s lofted free kick to put the hosts 2-0 ahead. Al Jazira pulled themselves back into the game at 2-1 in the 42nd minute, though, as youngster Sultan Al Shamsi let loose with a long distance strike, which somehow crept between the hands of goalkeeper Mohamed Yousif and into the back of the net. But the hope of a recovery was short-lived for the visitors as Sharjah made it 3-1 just 2 minutes later; UAE Olympic Team player Abdulla Ghanem planting a nice header beyond Khalid Alsenaani at a corner kick just before the half-time break.
 
Just 6 minutes after the restart Al Jazira cut the deficit once more, this time with a magnificent left-footed strike from distance by Thiago Neves, which left the goalkeeper with no chance as it flew into the top corner to make it 3-2 in the 51st minute. With the wind in their sails, Al Jazira quickly found an equaliser, too, as half-time substitute Khalfan Mubarak strode onto a clever through-ball and fired a finish into the top corner to level proceedings at 3-3 in the 58th minute. And by the 61st minute the visitors had steamed ahead into a 4-3 lead; defender Juma Abdulla nodding a cushioned header from Neves into the back of Mohamed Yousif’s net to stun Sharjah. In an extraordinary explosion of goals, the lead was not to last long as Sharjah’s Maicosuel got his name on the scoresheet with a splendid curling free kick, equalising at 4-4 in the 65th minute.