Round 4 of the 2019/20 Arabian Gulf League delivered several stellar displays, at both ends of the table.
Champions Sharjah earned a punishing 5-1 victory against woeful Al Wasl thanks to another dose of Igor Coronado magic, while Al Ain had prolific summer buy Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba for a late 2-1 win versus promoted Hatta. At the other end, Ittihad Kalba gained a first triumph through Peniel Mlapa’s powerful header against Fujairah.
Here are Sport360°’s top picks and a talking point:
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alvaro Negredo (Al Nasr)
In a week when rumours of a winter exit strengthened, Alvaro Negredo showed his continuing commitment.
The ex-Spain striker headed, naturally, a brace for Al Nasr when they beat Al Wahda 3-1 to pick up their first three points of an awful 2019/20. Keep this up and he can leave for Almeria as a hero.
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Leonardo (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club)
So much is expected of Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club’s summer recruit.
And the ex-Al Wahda forward continued to deliver with a cheeky strike in the 2-0 win versus Bani Yas.
A fourth AGL goal of the campaign came with a rascal of a nutmeg, before winding up for a rocket that flew into the roof of the net.
COACH OF THE WEEK
Jorge Da Silva (Ittihad Kalba)
A positive first impression for the Tigers’ new man at the helm.
The former Al Nassr and Bani Yas tactician had Togo centre forward Peniel Mlapa’s concussive second-half header to thank for a debut win versus Fujairah. This 1-0 triumph was Kalba’s first in the AGL since December 14, 2018, plus first clean sheet since last April – the great escape begins.
Wasl’s sums will soon not add up about woeful Reghecampf’s future
With each passing humiliation it becomes ever more glaring that the only thing protecting bottom-placed Al Wasl coach Laurentiu Reghecampf is his preposterous wage packet.
Saturday’s 5-1 surrender to champions Sharjah made it seven AGL matches without victory. In normal circumstance, the exit door would have long beckoned.
These, however, are not normal circumstance. Not when a rumoured termination fee of Dh12 million is involved.
What will cost more, the Romanian’s compensation or relegation?
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