Arabian Gulf League: Leaders Sharjah breathe sigh of relief ahead of Al Ain showdown

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(Twitter/@SharjahFC).

Arabian Gulf League leaders Sharjah were made to breathe a sigh of relief after they came from behind to defeat “unlucky” Bani Yas and head into the midweek showdown against champions Al Ain still unbeaten, according to coach Abdulaziz Al Anbari.

The King fell behind in just the third minute at Bani Yas Stadium through winger Suhail Al Noubi’s smart finish. Ex-Palermo playmaker Igor Coronado then moved onto 13 top-flight goals from a sensational debut campaign, saving the day against promoted opponents with a first-half one-on-one and nerveless second-half penalty kick.

“Thank God for the result and mabrouk [congratulations] for Sharjah for the win,” said Al Anbari, who next welcomes the Boss on Wednesday. “Bani Yas were unlucky, they presented a great game and a wonderful level like they have all season.

“It was a very tough match. We studied Bani Yas well and managed to overcome the shock of an early goal.

“We must now forget this match and focus on the next game, against Al Ain. I wish success to the team and to continue this journey with positive results.

“There are 18 points left to play for and this is not simple. High concentration is required, especially with the end of the league nearing.

“Al Ain has great experience in all tournaments and the level they offer in the AFC Champions League is proof that they are able to come back again, at any time.”

Sharjah hold a nine-point advantage over second-placed Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club. They last won the league crown in 1995/96.

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