Duo drop points in title race
Al Jazira dropped valuable points in the title race as they suffered a 3-2 defeat at Al Dhafra.
Lethal striker Ali Mabkhout scored a brace but it was in vain at Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium as Romulo dos Santos’ hat-trick earned the Western Knights a morale-boosting fourth win of the season that moved them away from trouble.
The result leaves Jazira three points adrift of joint leaders Sharjah and Al Ain.
Bani Yas put a dent in Shabab Al Ahli’s title ambitions with a blistering 3-0 win in Abu Dhabi.
Pedro Conde netted a brace and Leroy George scored the other as the Sky Blues won for just the third time this season.
First half goals from Marquinhos and Alvaro Negredo saw Al Nasr beat Fujairah 2-0, as the Blue Wave swept away the tide of talk regarding Ivan Jovanovic’s sacking on Sunday.
Second-half substitute Husam Loutfy netted a late equaliser as Emirates Club held Ajman to a 1-1 draw.
The Orange Brigade had led through Nigerian forward Stanley Nka’s header with 14 minutes left.
Beast mode: Alvaro Negredo.