While Al Jazira might have run away with the Arabian Gulf League title, there was still some exciting football played in the week.
Here’s a look at our top picks from Round 25.
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SEBASTIAN SAEZ (EMIRATES CLUB)
The Argentine hit man had an eventful game in the basement clash at Bani Yas. His own goal appeared to condemn Emirates Club to an almost-inevitable relegation, before a last-gasp header earned a 4-4 draw and sent the hosts crashing down.
COACH OF THE WEEK
PAULO COMELLI (DIBBA AL FUJAIRAH)
The Brazilian’s belief and attacking will was key to engineering a comeback at Al Wahda which makes the Fisherman odds-on to stay up during the final round. At 2-0 down early doors, he ensured his troops maintained shape. A two-point cushion is key
GOAL OF THE WEEK
RONALDO MENDEZ (AL WASL)
Team-mates Fabio De Lima and Caio Canedo are contesting the race to be the AGL’s best foreigner, but their fellow Brazilian continues to shine. His rocket of a free-kick helped showcase outstanding technique from an outstanding summer signing.
The win versus Al Shabab it sparked is key for hopes of entering the 2018 AFC Champions League.
MAMIC’S RELIANCE ON KIDS IS COMMEDABLE AND DAMNING
A hallmark of boss Zoran Mamic’s early months at Al Ain has been a belief in youth, a stance not always shared by his AGL counterparts. Forward Mohammed Khalfan was the latest to profit in a 4-2 win at Sharjah, scoring an adroit goal.
The 18-year-old was joined by fellow starlets Saeed Juma, Sulaiman Nasser and Rashed Muhayer. But this approach – however positive – only highlights the failure throughout several transfer windows by the Boss to build a squad capable of winning the title, or, probably, qualify for the ACL next year.
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