Al Shabab edge past Sharjah to maintain unbeaten run

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Al Shabab edge past Sharjah to maintain unbeaten run

Unbeaten Al Shabab cruised to their second Arabian Gulf League victory following their crucial 2-1 away victory over Sharjah at the Sharjah Stadium on Saturday evening.

By Kt Report

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Published: Sun 22 Sep 2013, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:10 AM

Action during the AGL match between Al Shabab and Sharjah at the Sharjah Stadium on Saturday. — Supplied photo

Two goals from Abdulla Faraj and Adeilson put the visitors ahead before Fellype Gabriel netted a consolation last minute strike for the home team. And with both sides’ failure to visit the back of the net, they have played to a goalless draw first half.

“We had to start on the attack as directed by our head coach Paulo Bonmigo,” said Sharjah defender Abdullah Ahmed hinting in a post-match chat that Al Shabab strikers have benefited from the empty spaces which were created under the offensive plan.

“He (Bonamigo) told us to try to score first and end the game as early as possible, but it didn’t work. We have conceded two goals and it was a must for us to score goals to at least level the result. Fellype scored a beautiful goal in the concluding stages of the match and restored hope, but we didn’t score again. This is football and Al Shabab deserve to win though we didn’t deserve to lose,” he said.

Al Under Bonamigo’s plan, Sharjah set the early pace of the match with Fellype Gabriel, Ahmed Khamis and Ze Carlos pushing forward seeking an early advantage. Korean midfielder Kim Jong-Woo tried to hit the target with a long range shot, but his effort went high above the crossbar. Al Shabab retaliated with a lovely header from Edgar at the half hour mark which has missed the target.

No considerable changes were made in the play style and the Sharjah’s tactics remained the same. Towards the 55th minute, a smart pass by Ze Carlos was not properly translated into a goal by Ahmed Khamis who should have taken the shot instead of delivering to oone of his teammates.

Meanwhile, the good news for Al Shabab came one minute before the clock mark when Abdulla Faraj fired home a long range free kisck to make it 1-0 for Al Shabab.

In the 69th minute Edgar Bruno went agonizingly close to getting a second for Al Shabab with a fine display of individual skill, but his curling left-footed shot skewed just wide of the post.In the 72nd minute the visitors did double their lead with another deflected goal, this time from Adeilson, who scored his third in two League games with the help of a nick off an outstretched Sharjah defender’s leg.

Ze Carlos tried to hit back for Sharjah with a free kick on the edge of the D, but Edgar Bruno did his job in the wall by heading away the danger. Fellype Gabriel did manage to pull one back for Sharjah from a free kick, giving Sharjah seven minutes plus four minutes of added time to try and find an equaliser but it was too little, too late as Al Shabab held on for all three points.

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