Baniyas and Emi­rates keep alive hopes of staying up in AGL.

Barada’s equaliser earns share of points for Al Nasr against Baniyas

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It took just one goal, and an early one at that, for Al Shabab to de­feat Al Dhafra and end a seven-game win­less run in the Ara­bian Gulf League yes­ter­day. Saad Khamis picked up a through pass in the 15th minute, out-ran two Dhafra de­fend­ers and sent the ball past charg­ing goal­keeper Ab­dulla Sul­tan Al Nasri to score the only goal of the game at Mak­toum bin Rashid Sta­dium.

Dhafra tried des­per­ately for the equaliser but were met with an im­preg­nable home team de­fence. Vic­tory means Shabab are now just three points be­hind Dhafra, who are in sev­enth, with two rounds left to play.

Khamis was play­ing in only his fifth AGL game of the sea­son but was not show­ing it as the 22-year-old Emi­rati for­ward kept a cool head on the pitch. “Thank God I man­aged to score the all-im­por­tant goal and win the game for my team,” said Khamis, who was picked to play in place of the in­jured Brazil­ian Lu­van­nor Hen­rique.

“It had been a frus­trat­ing pe­riod for our team with­out a win in seven games, and I’m glad I was able to con­trib­ute to the win.”

It all hap­pened very quickly, ac­cord­ing to Khamis, who re­gard­less, will re­mem­ber the mo­ment for a long time, par­tic­u­larly “as it was my first league goal and more im­por­tantly to win the match.

“I hope we can take this win­ning for­mula for­ward and round off the sea­son on a high note. “It was a tough game and we had to fight un­til the end to achieve this re­sult. When you lead by just one goal, you never know what will hap­pen un­til the end of the game.

“Ob­vi­ously, it was an ex­cel­lent team ef­fort. And I wouldn’t have scored if it wasn’t for my team­mates.”

Else­where around the league last night, Baniyas and Emi­rates lived to fight an­other day in their rel­e­ga­tion strug­gle.

Baniyas re­turned with a point from Al Nasr af­ter a 2-2 draw at Al Mak­toum Sta­dium when Ab­de­laziz Barada struck for the home side seven min­utes from time. Jas­sim Yaqoob put Nasr in front on the stroke of half time.

Harry Novillo lev­elled the score on 49 min­utes and Ezekiel Henty headed home from a cor­ner on 69 min­utes to put the vis­i­tors ahead. Emi­rates tri­umphed 3-2 over

Kalba, an­other team bat­tling rel­e­ga­tion.

They took a two-goal lead at half time, cour­tesy Mourad Batna and Os­man Sow.

Ciel pulled one back two min­utes into the se­cond pe­riod.

Batna re­gained the two-goal cush­ion be­fore Ciel re­duced the gap with his se­cond in added time.

Fabio de Lima and Caio Canedo net­ted a goal each on ei­ther side of half time to power Al

Wasl to a 2-0 win over Dibba, the fourth team fight­ing the drop.

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