Whites can now breathe a little easier regarding possible relegation

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Sharjah’s Muhain Khalifa and Al Shaab’s Faraj Juma fighting it out.
Sharjah's Muhain Khalifa and Al Shaab's Faraj Juma fighting it out.

Sharjah - The first goal came in the 80th minute when the Whites benefited from a self-goal and this was followed by a superb 30 yard pile driver by Muhain Khalifa in the second minute of added time at the end of the regulation period (2-0).

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Sat 24 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 24 Oct 2015, 12:18 PM

 Sharjah had the upper hand but had to wait till the late stages before defeating city rivals Al Shaab 2-0 in the sixth round of the Arabian Gulf League soccer championships at the Sharjah Club Stadium, on Friday night.
The first goal came in the 80th minute when the Whites benefited from a self-goal and this was followed by a superb 30 yard pile driver by Muhain Khalifa in the second minute of added time at the end of the regulation period (2-0).
The two Santoses in the match, Wanderley of Sharjah and Celio Dos of Al Shaab 'combined' to produce the own-goal (1-0). The hardworking Wanderley worked on one of his customary runs on the left, cut in a bit and sent a shoulder high cross which Celio only had to clear with no challenge on him. Instead, Celio's attempt to clear from close, saw him mistime his kick and he helplessly watched the ball go into his own goal.
Khalifa's superb run-in shot following a poor clearance by the Al Shaab defence, made sure the Whites can now breathe a little easier regarding possible relegation problems later in the league. The first opportunity for Sharjah in the second half (49th minute) was when Wanderley was neatly put through on the inside left but Al Shaab's Faraj Juma's anticipation and challenge saw the Sharjah forward balloon the ball over the cross piece. Later home skipper Mauricio Ramos ran in to head from a handshaking distance in the 53rd minute but the ball sailed just inches over the crosspiece.
Maicosuel, one of the more consistent midfielders for Sharjah, weaved his way past two defenders inside the box off a fine floater but Mohamed Ahmed slide tackled him at the cost of a corner in the 65th minute.
Al Shaab was almost through with the first goal of the match when skipper Michael Laurent Nidri shot from close only to see goalkeeper Mohamed Yousif of Sharjah go low down to block the effort, and off the rebound, Abdulla Al Jamhi made a mess of the golden opening in the 73rd minute.
Led by the resourceful forward Renato Caja, Sharjah began proceedings in a forceful manner as the thousand odd spectators were entertained to the quick positional play of the home side when Al Shaab struggled to put together even one single decent move to trouble the Whites' defence . However things took a different turn from the 23rd minute when Al Shaab in a quickly organised counter raid managed to get the ball dangerously in front of the Sharjah goalmouth which keeper Mohammed Yousif managed to somehow block, unintentionally, with his chest.
The 25th minute was when Shaab nearly scored when Abdulla Al Jamhi was in a one-to-one situation with Yousif, which the home custodian came out with a fantastic pluck from Al Jamhi's feet, hardly a couple of yards from the goalline. Caja and Wanderley Santos tried to string together a couple of dangerous moves on the right flank but found the supporting inside forwards and midfielders slightly slow in rising up to the situation. By now Al Shaab managed to settle into a rhythm from which the set patterns on the inside from both sides always looked dangerous especially when Al Jamhi and Mohammed Salem combined with long crosses to each other from the flanks.
moni@khaleejtimes.com 

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