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Hat-trick hero Welliton proud as Sharjah stay on track in AFC Champions League with win against Al Taawoun

Doha: Sharjah hat-trick hero Welliton was beaming with joy following his side’s 6-0 win against Saudi Arabia’s Al Taawoun in Group C of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Monday.

The Brazilian striker played a starring role in the emphatic win as he notched his hat-trick in the space of 12 minutes as Sharjah maintained their winning form following the 4-2 triumph over Qatar's Al Duhail on Matchday Four.

More importantly for the UAE Pro League side, the back-to-back wins keep them firmly in sight of a place in the Round of 16, with Sharjah facing Persepolis of Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday.

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“It was a great result against a difficult team,” said Man of the Match Welliton. “We really showed our best performance and we are really happy.”

The 33-year-old forward praised compatriot Igor Coronado, whose assists were decisive for Sharjah.

“I get on very well with Coronado as we know each other’s style very well,” said Welliton. “That really helped me to settle quickly and show my best performance tonight.”

The former Russian Premier League top scorer revealed that playing matches in a short period affected the players and he had to be replaced after 70 minutes because of injury.

“It is very difficult to fully recover in this short amount of time,” said Welliton. “I felt a bit of a muscular strain and needed to go out, but I hope that our fitness coaches will be able to help me recover in time for the next match.”

Group C - MD5: Al Taawoun FC 0-6 Sharjah

Al Taawoun forward Mohammed Al Sahlawi said the attacking effectiveness of Sharjah was the difference between the two teams.

“We had several chances in the first half but couldn’t score while our opponents scored from their chances in the second half,” he said. “Their attack was precise.

“I hope that the heavy defeat will be a wake-up call for us before the next match (against Al Duhail), especially as all four teams still have a chance of going through."

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