Dibba hold Sharjah; late goal gives Al Nasr win over Bani Yas - GulfToday

Dibba hold Sharjah; late goal gives Al Nasr win over Bani Yas


Players of Sharjah and Dibba in action during their Arabian Gulf League match on Friday.

Sharjah remained winless for the third game in a row as they played out a 2-2 draw with Dibba at Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium in matchweek 23 of the Arabian Gulf League on Friday.

Dibba kicked off the game strongly and found themselves 1-0 up after only eight minutes. Diogo Acosta found Yaseen AlBakhit’s cross and made a first-touch finish to give his side a surprise lead.

Sharjah’s response was quick as Shaheen Abdelrahman leveled the scoreline only three minutes later. Abdelrahman found Mohamed Alshehhi inch-perfect corner kick and headed home to make it 1-1.   The King completed their comeback in the 17th minute with Welliton finding the back of the net to give the hosts the lead. The Brazilian forward made a run on the right flank and went one-on-one with the keeper before tapping the ball home.

The Sailors leveled the scoreline only eight minutes after the restart. After consulting the VAR, the referee awarded the Sailors a penalty kick for a foul against Yousef Al Rawashdeh. Driss Fettouhi converted from the spot into the bottom corner to make it 2-2 in the 53rd minute.

Fettouhi came close to adding his second of the night and regaining his side’s lead on the one-hour mark but his effort was saved by Adel Alhosani.

In the first minute of injury time, Sharjah were reduced to 10 men when Majid Surour was shown a straight red card. The King continued to push forward in search of a winning goal but Igor Coronado failed to find the back of the net as the game ended in a draw.  Despite drawing with Dibba, Sharjah continue to top the table on 53 points, six above second-placed Shabab Al Ahli.

Al Jazira are on third spot with 41 points following their 1-3 defeat against Al Wahda on Thursday.

Sebastian Tagliabue netted a brace in Al Wahda victory over Al Jazira at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium. The Clarets now sit fifth on 40 points. Al Jazira head coach Damien Hertog admitted his team deserved to lose against Al Wahda but promised the fans that his players will work hard to ensure they are competitive this season.

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Pogacar said “It was extremely hot today, so for me on a climb like that in those temperatures it was a really good ride and I’m pleased.

“There is still three stages with another big mountain stage and the chance of crosswinds tomorrow so it’s not over yet. We have a strong team here so will try something for sure.”

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British climber Yates pulverised the opposition on the tough, final ascent of stage, winning by over a minute and taking the overall race lead.

His compatriot Chris Froome was dropped early in the race.

The four-time Tour de France winner again struggled on his comeback from injuries sustained last May.

The 27-year-old Yates is also making his 2020 debut and looks favourite to win in a competitive field after his stunning attack from 6km out at the end of a warm day with temperatures passing 30C.

“I attacked maybe a little too early, but in the end I felt good,” said Yates, whose win gives him a 1min 07sec lead in the overall.

“A minute is a lot, but we have to do this climb again, and maybe my legs won’t be so good then,” Yates said in reference to stage five.

“Also tomorrow I heard a rumour there are going to be crosswinds, so we’ll see.”

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Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko was third at 1min 30sec accompanied by up-and-coming Frenchman David Gaudu.

Yates came fourth at the 2016 Tour de France and is targeting the Grand Boucle this summer where he will lead the Australian team ahead of his brother Simon.

Wednesday’s flat stage, the fourth of seven, is a 173km run to Dubai City Walk where a mass bunch sprint is expected.

Stage 3 Results

1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 4h42’34”

2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates +1:03

3. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana +1:30

General Classification Results

1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 12h30’02”

2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates +1:07

3. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana +1:35

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