Two first-half goals handed Shabab Al Ahli a 2-0 win over Ittihad Kalba in matchweek 14 of the Arabian Gulf League, which is held under the slogan “Together We Recover” in support of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination efforts.
Kalba missed a chance to take an early lead when Peniel Mlapa went in a one-on-one situation with keeper Majed Naser, only to send a poor shot that was diverted into a corner by Naser.
Igor Jesus came close to breaking the deadlock in the 21st minute when he broke through on goal and fired an angled effort, only to see it drill wide at the far post.
Shabab Al Ahli found the back of the net seven minutes later, when Abdulaziz Haikal’s inch-perfect cross found Mohammed Juma inside the box and the latter glanced home a powerful header.
The hosts doubled their lead only two minutes later as Majed Hassan fired a powerful strike from outside box into the top corner of the net, leaving the keeper helpless.
Kalba were seeking to reduce the deficit in the second half but their few attempts were blocked by a powerful defensive display from Shabab Al Ahli.
The Tigers, who remain winless for the fifth game in a row, have 19 points, three less than Shabab Al Ahli.