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Arabian Gulf League matchweek 2 roundup

Matchweek 2 of the Arabian Gulf League saw Bani Yas and Sharjah maintain their perfect start to the season as they both collected their second win in a row. 


Bani Yas now top the league standings on six points after beating Fujairah 3-1 in a game that saw Joao Pedro net a brace.


The Sky Blues sit one spot above Sharjah, who have six points too, after beating Al Wahda 2-1 thanks to Shahin Abdulrahman's late winner.


They are followed by Al Dhafra in third place, who snatched a 1-1 draw with Al Jazira with a late penalty from Yaseen Al Bakhit.


This marked the second draw in a row for the Pride of Abu Dhabi, who remain winless and sit 10th with two points only.


Shabab Al Ahli and Al Ain occupy the fourth and fifth spots, respectively, after playing out a 1-1 draw on Friday night. They have four points each.


Al Nasr also have four points but sit sixth on goal difference, after Habib Al Fardan netted the winner in the 82nd minute to hand his side a 1-0 win over Khorfakkan. 


Following their big 6-0 win in the opening round, Al Wahda fell to a late 2-1 defeat to Sharjah to drop to seventh spot.


After falling to defeats in the opening round, Al Wasl and Ittihad Kalba got their first wins of the season to raise their tally to three points and sit eighth and ninth, respectively. Al Wasl earned a 4-2 win over Hatta after Hueglo Neris netted a late brace, while Kalba defeated Ajman 1-0, thanks to Peniel Mlapa's late winner. 


Khorfakkan, Fujairah, Ajman and Hatta all succumbed to their second defeats of the season, as they all remain with no points. They occupy positions from 11th to 14th, respectively.


Matchweek 2 in numbers


A total of 19 goals were scored in matchweek 2, with an average of 2.7 goals per match. This marks a huge drop from the opening round which stood at an average of 4.1.


Al Dhafra’s Yaseen Bakheet, Sharjah’s Welliton Soares, Al Wahda’s Tim Matavz and Bani Yas’ Joao Pedro top the goalscoring charts with three goals each.


Al Wasl and Hatta encounter saw a total of six goals scored, which is the highest in matchweek 2.


Sharjah were the only team that managed to get a home win, while Al Wasl, Bani Yas, Al Nasr, and Kalba won away from home.


Al Nasr and Kalba were the only teams who kept clean sheets in the second matchweek.


Al Wahda and Bani are tied on seven goals each, which marks the best offensive record in the league so far. Al Wahda netted one goal only this week, but continue to hold the best offensive record, thanks to their six-goal win over Hatta in the opening week. Meanwhile, Bani Yas netted four goals in matchweek 1 and three in matchweek 2.


On the other hand, Hatta have the worst defensive record after conceding 10 goals in two games; six in the opening week and four in matchweek 2. Meanwhile, Khorfakkan are the only team that are yet to find the back of the net in the league. 

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