Er­bil still hope­ful to Iraqi league

Er­bil FC moves to sec­ond place in Iraqi League af­ter de­feat­ing Al-Si­naa 1-0

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Af­ter de­feat­ing Bagh­dad's club Al-Si­naa on Au­gust 31 at home, Er­bil Foot­ball Club's hope re­turned and its con­fi­dence is now high to play its fi­nal game in the league against Na­jaf on Septem­ber 4. The Yel­low Cas­tle team won over Al-Si­naa 1-0, and moved to sec­ond place in the Iraqi league. It was a hard-fought bat­tle against Al-Si­naa which, al­though it lost, put on a strong per­for­mance in the first half.

The match took place at the Franso Hariri Sta­dium with a large num­ber of spec­ta­tors. Er­bil started poorly, with its pass­ing, move­ment and gen­eral play seem­ing in­co­her­ent in the first 30 min­utes. The game was hasty and lacked com­mit­ment. The Ri­val team looked most likely to score as its or­ga­nized at­tacks cre­ated real threats on Sarhang Muhsin's goal.

Mahdi Kareem’s goal was enough for Er­bil to win another three points and se­cure the sec­ond place in the league. The sec­ond place was se­cured by Er­bil af­ter the league top team, Shurta tied with Bagh­dad's gi­ant club, AlZawraa 1-1 at the Shaab Sta­dium in the Iraqi cap­i­tal city.

Er­bil has played 33 matches in the Iraqi league so far and has 67 points, only two points be­hind the league leader Shurta that has held the top of the league with 69 points.

Al­though the league lasted for a very long time, this year’s teams ap­peared more com­ple­tive. Only one game is left in the league but no one knows who is go­ing to be­come cham­pi­ons of this sea­son yet. Wednes­day’s matches will be dis­clos­ing ev­ery­thing.

If Shurta wins the match against Al-Zawraa, it will au­to­mat­i­cally be­come the cham­pi­ons re­gard­less what re­sults of Er­bil club will record. But if Shurta loses and Er­bil wins over Na­jaf, Er­bil will win the league ti­tle for the fifth time.

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