Shabab Al-Ahly achieved a valuable victory over its host, Ittihad Kalba, 2-1, in the 18th round of the ADNOC Professional League, to maintain the top of the standings with 39 points, while Kalba’s balance stuck at 24 points in eighth place.
Al-Ittihad Kalba rushed forward from the start of the match, but Shabab Al-Ahly opened the scoring through the Argentine playmaker and scorer Federico Cartabia, after he got the ball from the middle of the field, and with an individual effort, he managed to score the goal of Tigers goalkeeper Issa Ahmed in the sixth minute.
The equalizer would have come early had it not been for the Argentine Ramirez’s shot that Majed Naser had on the lookout and caught it brilliantly in the 11th minute.
Kalba continued to build attacks, but without great danger, including when Al-Ahly youth defender Ahmed Jamil in the 16th minute removed the ball from Kalba Romanian striker Sisaldo, and had it not been for him, he could have hit a dangerous ball towards the goal.
Unexpectedly, Kalba Ramirez missed a goal opportunity when he hit a cross ball that reached him from a direct free kick outside while he was in a comfortable position, and the same player hit a powerful ground ball that was caught by Majed Nasser.
In the second half, Ittihad Kalba included three strikers: Yasser Hassan, Ahmed Amer and Sultan Adel, for a tactical change that was risky, especially since two players were replaced in the midfield.
And from a counterattack, Shabab Al-Ahly succeeded in scoring the second goal through Kalba player Sultan Al Zaabi by mistake, after he completed a ball that was hit by Brazilian Yuri Cesar in the 66th minute, minutes later, Kalba player Yasser Hassan headed his ball, which bounced off Majed Nasser’s crossbar.
And Ahmed Amer succeeded in investing a long ball from the middle of the field and narrowed the difference in the 81st minute.
Shabab Al-Ahly player Doumbia was sent off in the 90th minute, and Majed Nasser intervened and turned the ball away with a confirmed goal 90 + 3.
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