x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Malalla and Eid fire Khaleej off the bottom

Al Khaleej triumphed in the battle of the Pro League's basement clubs with a fine away victory at Al Shaab.

SHARJAH // Al Khaleej triumphed in the battle of the Pro League's basement clubs with a fine away victory at Al Shaab which saw them leapfrog their rivals and climb off the bottom of the table. Mohamed Malalla opened the scoring in the 35th minute after some dreadful goalkeeping. Shaab stopper Jamal Abdullah could not gather a tame cross and spilled the ball in the area for Malalla to place home.

Khaleej's second came from an Ibraheem Eid spotkick just before half-time which effectively killed off the game. Khaleej were happy to let the home side, who lacked any cutting edge or ideas, come at them for the remainder of the game and then break on the counter attack. Khaleej were reduced to 10 players with the sending off of Khalfan Mohammed on the hour but Shaab could still not break a stubborn defence.

Shaab made a vain bid and despite the numerical advantage, they just could not find any way through. Nothing seems to be going right for Shaab, who made a first round exit from the President's Cup when they were beaten by the second division Al Ittihad Kalba last week. And now they must also fight against being relegated. The defeat means Shaab are now bottom of the Pro League but things look a little rosier for Khaleej who are three points above them, level on points with Sharjah and Al Shabab.

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