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West Asia Wrap: Al Arabi end 19-year wait for Kuwait title, Shabab Al Ahli win UAE President's Cup


Dubai: Al Arabi have won the Kuwaiti Premier League for the first time in 19 years after their 3-0 win over Al Sahel gave them an unassailable lead. 

Federico Cartabia, meanwhile, scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Shabab Al Ahli edged Al Nasr 2-1 to win the UAE President's Cup on Sunday.

In Saudi Arabia, Al Hilal widened their lead at the top of the standings to four points despite being held by Al Batin. Join the-AFC.com as we review the latest round of domestic action in West Asia.

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Kuwait: Joy as Al Arabi end long wait for Kuwaiti Premier League crown

Al Arabi defeated Al Sahel 3-0 on Saturday to emerge champions of the Kuwaiti Premier League after 19 years.

The win in their penultimate match of the season gave Ante Mise's side an unassailable 43-point lead, with Qadsia's hopes dashed by a 1-1 draw with Kazma.

The title is the 17th in Al Arabi’s history, a record they share with Qadsia.

Al Arabi scored three times in the first half against Al Sahel, with goals by Bander Al Salamah, Syria's Alaa Al Dali and Palestinian Oday Dabbagh (penalty) ensuring their long wait for the title ended on a high note.


UAE: Cartabia penalty seals dramatic UAE President's Cup win for Shabab Al Ahli

Shabab Al Ahli gave the fans - making their long-awaited return to the stands - a dramatic ending as Argentinian striker Federico Cartabia scored from the penalty spot in stoppage time to give them a 2-1 win over Al Nasr in the UAE President's Cup final on Sunday.

The final at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium was the first time in over a year that had fans in attendance and it turned out to be a thriller.

In a high tempo encounter, Shabab Al Ahli dominated the proceedings and took the lead in the 44th minute through a VAR-assisted penalty, with Cartabia making no mistake from the spot.

Al Nasr upped their tempo in the second half and were rewarded in the 78th minute as Mehdi Abeid finished off a corner.

That set the stage for an exciting final minutes with end to end action but it was Shabab Al Ahli who would walk away with the title, with Cartabia scoring his second of the night from the penalty spot after the referee reviewed VAR.


Saudi Arabia: Al Hilal widen lead despite Al Batin draw

Al Hilal SFC increased their lead at the top of the Saudi Pro League to four points despite being held 1-1 by Al Batin on Friday.

Bafetimbi Gomis gave defending champions Al Hilal the lead in the 19th minute - the Frenchman's 21st goal of the season - but Mohamed Rayhi drew Al Batin level 10 minutes later.

The dropped points, however, did not prove costly for Al Hilal as closest challengers Al Shabab suffered a 4-3 defeat to Ettifaq, leaving them on 48 points with three matches remaining.

Al Taawoun capitalised on Al Shabab's defeat to move within a point of second place with a 2-1 win over Al Raed while Al Ittihad are also on 47 points after a 1-1 draw with Damac on Sunday.


Iraq: Air Force Club bounce back

Air Force Club defeated Al Nafit Maysan 4-0 on Sunday to regain the momemtum in the race for the Iraqi Premier League title.

The three-time AFC Cup winners lost 4-3 to Najaf on Wednesday to give hope to their rivals but made no mistakes against Al Nafit to take them to 66 points, five ahead of Al Shorta with a match in hand.

Air Force Club - seeking a seventh title - will be action again on Thursday against Al Karkh.


Jordan: Shabab Al Ordon's lead reduced

Shabab Al Ordon saw their lead at the top of the Jordanian Premier League reduced to just a point after being held 1-1 by Ma'an on Sunday.

Al Ramtha moved into second place with a 2-0 win over Sahab, which took them to 11 points.

Al Faisaly, who defeated Al Jazeera 2-1, are also on 11 points while Al Salt are fourth on 10 points after a 1-1 draw with Al Wehdat.


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Photos: Al Arabi, Air Force Club

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