Round two of the Arabian Gulf League is completed and dusted and it’s been one other intriguing weekend of action.
Al Nasr, tipped as pre-season title challengers, lost again, whereas 2016/17 champions Al Jazira look one thing just like the team they had been two seasons in the past. Meanwhile, could Sharjah be a shock challenger?
Here we select one of the best bits from the second week of action, plus a speaking level.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WELLITON (SHARJAH)
Who else? The 31-year-old Brazilian, very like his membership, has began the AGL season on fire, however took it to a different degree against Al Nasr. A 27-minute hat-trick within the first-half – an ideal treble (proper foot, header, left foot) – noticed the King sitting on the throne of a 5-Zero half-time lead.
The Blue Wave got here again, making it 5-Three to unsettle the home facet, before the striker’s fourth late on killed off a team predicted to characteristic within the title race after a busy summer season recruitment drive.
GOAL OF THE WEEK: MARQUINHOS GABRIEL (AL NASR)
Well, there wasn’t a terrific deal for Ivan Jovanovic’s males to take from a chastening 6-Three hammering at Sharjah – however Gabriel’s gorgeous strike to make it 5-Three actually was.
Yohan Cabaye and Iury Castilho received them again in it and the Sharjah supporters might effectively have been fearing the worst when Gabriel made it 5-3. He acquired the ball on the sting of the field with little on, however he shifted the ball onto his left foot and arched a wonderful strike over helpless Adel Al Hosani and into the highest nook.
It’s been a tricky begin to the 2018/19 season for the Blue Wave, with two opening defeats, however Ivanovic will take a crumb of consolation from seeing how his facet dug in after dealing with a 5-Zero scoreline on the break.
COACH OF THE WEEK: ABDULAZIZ AL ANBARI (SHARJAH)
We’re two games into the season so it’s ridiculous to claim Sharjah are AGL title contenders, however scoring 10 goals in two games – including a 6-Three thrashing of a team presupposed to be one of many frontrunners – can’t be ignored.
Al Anbari has accomplished a superb job of attempting to resurrect the King after years within the doldrums. He was handed the reigns on a everlasting foundation final October and steered them to a sixth-placed league end – their highest in 5 years.
There’s loads of soccer to be performed, however there appear to be loads of goals in Sharjah this season.
ARE AL JAZIRA BACK?
What have we already stated about making daring, early predictions? But the Pride of Abu Dhabi’s 3-2 win over Fujairah is way extra fascinating that it could seem at first look.
Firstly, victory was achieved regardless of dropping goalkeeper Ali Khaseif to a crimson card just after half-time. The hosts had been main 1-Zero however then went on to increase it to 3-Zero even after the UAE stopper’s dismissal. Only a late brace from Mohamed Benyettou made issues fascinating.
Secondly, Khalfan Mubarak seems again to his greatest. After starring within the loopy opening day 5-Four conquer Shabab Al Ahli, the majestic midfielder laid on all three assists at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.
With him again to his greatest, they could hassle the title favourites. Oh, and so they additionally nonetheless have Ali Mabkhout – the league’s deadliest striker.