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West Asia Wrap: Al Shabab bounce back, Al Sadd come from behind to continue march


Dubai: Al Shabab recovered from a mid-week defeat to surge five points clear at the top of the Saudi Pro League while Al Sadd SC showed their title intent as they came from behind to win in the Qatar Stars League.

The race for the title in the UAE sees Sharjah and Al Jazira involved in a titanic battle, as is the case in the Kuwait Premier League.

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Saudi Arabia: Al Shabab back on winning trail

Al Shabab bounced back from defeat to beat Al Ahli 3-0 on Monday to open a five-point lead at the top of the Saudi Pro League.

Having fallen 2-1 to Al Fateh last Wednesday, Al Shabab were desperate to regain their winning touch and Ahmed Sharahili put them on the road to victory with his 12th minute opener.

Alfred N'Diaye doubled their lead in the 70th and Cristian Guanca completed the win with his effort in the fifth minute of added time to take Al Shabab to 41 points.

Defending champions Al Hilal SFC, who defeated Ettifaq 3-1 on Friday, can narrow the deficit with Al Shabab with a win over Al Nassr on Wednesday.


Qatar: Al Sadd fight back to stay 13 points ahead

Al Sadd SC came from behind twice to defeat Al Arabi on Monday as Xavi's side showed amazing grit to stay 13 points clear at the top of the Qatar Stars League.

Al Sadd have been in free-scoring form but faced their toughest challenge yet as Sebastian Soria opened the scoring for Al Arabi in the 10th minute.

Hassan Al Haydos finally drew Al Sadd level in the 63rd minute but Youssef Msakni restored Al Arabi's lead in the 77th.

Just when it looked like Al Sadd were headed for their first league defeat of the season, Baghdah Bounedjah scored his 19th goal of the season in the 90th minute to draw them level.

Al Sadd were not finished as Spaniard Santi Cazorla whipped in the winner in the second minute of added time to ensure his side stay 13 points clear of defending champions Al Duhail SC, who defeated Al Gharafa 2-1.


UAE: All level at the top as Sharjah, Al Jazira held

Sharjah and Al Jazira remain locked at the top of the UAE Pro League standings after being held to draws over the past week.

Sharjah, who occupy top spot on their head-to-head record, were held 1-1 by Al Dhafra, who came from behind to steal a point on Thursday.

Al Jazira failed to capitalise, squandering a 2-0 lead to settle for a 3-3 draw with third-placed Baniyas.

Sharjah and Al Jazira are on 37 points with Baniyas four adrift.


Palestine: Shabab Al Khalil widen lead

Shabab Al Khalil defeated Shabab Al Ama'ri 4-0 to open a five-point lead at the top of the West Bank Premier League on Thursday.

Markaz Balatah lost ground in the race for the title after being held 0-0 by Shabab Alsamu while Jabal Al Mukaber are third on 28 points following a 3-1 win over Wadi Al Nes.


Syria: Teshrin back in front

Defending champions Teshrin have regained pole position in the Syrian Premier League after defeating Al Hurriya 3-1 on Monday.

Teshrin's cause was aided by Al Jaish's 1-0 defeat to Foutoua as the defending champions moved to 37 points, two ahead of Al Jaish.

Hutteen and Al Karamah played to a 1-1 draw, moving to 34 and 33 points respectively.


Oman: Dhofar close in as leaders Seeb lose

Seeb suffered a 2-1 defeat to Al Nasr Salalah on Sunday as their lead at the top of the Oman Pro League was reduced to two points.

Dhofar, however, will rue the wasted opportunity to draw level with the leaders after being held 0-0 by Al Suwaiq. Seeb are on 22 points from 10 matches with Al Musannah, who defeated Al Rustaq 2-0 on Sunday, level with Dhofar on 20 points.


Bahrain: Al Riffa continue march

Al Riffa's bid for the Bahraini Premier League title continued serenely as they beat Manama 2-1 on Friday.

With second-placed East Riffa suffering a 1-0 defeat to Muharraq 24 hours later, Al Riffa are nine points clear at the top on 28 points.


Kuwait: Thrilling title race unfolds

There is a three-way tie at the top of the Kuwait Premier League as the Championship round gathers pace.

Al Sahel drew level with leaders Al Arabi with a 2-1 win over Al Shabab on Monday, with Al Nasr also on seven points.

Al Nasr can move into pole position with a win over Al Salmiya on Tuesday while Al Arabi will look to maintain their push for the title against Al Qadsia.


Iraq: Air Force Club looking to pull away

Air Force Club will be aiming to widen their lead at the top of the Iraqi Premier League when they face Al Kahraba on Tuesday.

Air Force Club have a five-point advantage over Al Zawra'a, who face defending champions Al Shorta on Wednesday.


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Photos: Al Shabab, Al Jazira

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