Shahin Abdulrahman netted a late winner to hand Sharjah a 2-1 win over Al Wahda at Sharjah Stadium in matchweek 2 of the Arabian Gulf League on Thursday.
Sharjah controlled the possession in the early minutes of the game but without creating real goalscoring chances.
It was Al Wahda, however, who opened the scoring through Tim Matavž on the half-hour mark. A long pass from Tahnoon Al Zaabi found the Slovenian forward, who went one-on-one with the keeper before slotting home.
Matavž missed a chance to double the scoreline five minutes before the break, after he received a pass from the right side, but his shot missed the target.
Al Wahda continued to pose threat on Sharjah’s goal and missed an opportunity to take a 2-0 lead into halftime, when Fares Juma’s header hit the woodwork in injury time.
Sharjah leveled the scoreline in the 68th minute, thanks to a goal from Welliton Soares. Khalid Ibrahim received a cross on the right side, before dribbling past the Al Wahda defense and crossing an inch-perfect ball to the Brazilian forward who fired home.
Five minutes from time, Ismail Matar went one-on-one with Sharjah keeper but was intercepted by the defense as his shot went over the bar.
Just when the game seemed to be headed to a 1-1 draw, Shahin Abdulrahman netted what turned out to be the winner for Sharjah as he headed the ball into the back of the net off Caio Fernandes’ corner kick in the 89th minute.
The King now have six points, while the Clarets remain on three points.
Sharjah will next travel to face Al Ain and Al Wahda will host Shabab Al Ahli.