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Sharjah bow out of Cup on a high.

Summary: Al Wasl mesmerised by Soares hat-trick while Al Nasr thrash Dibba 4-1

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Abu Dhabi: Four goals, including a hat-trick, by Welliton Soares saw Sharjah edge Al Wasl 4-3 in a thrilling Arabian Gulf Cup Group B fixture at the Zabeel Stadium on Friday.

Despite the win, Sharjah are eliminated from the tournament while Al Wasl finished third in the group with seven points.

Striker Welliton Soares put Sharjah in the lead soon after kick-off by heading home a curling Vander Viera free-kick. The pair joined forces again in the 32nd minute to widen the lead to 2-0. This time Soares slid in to drive home Viera's free-kick from a similar position.

Just before the break, Caio Canedo reduced for Al Wasl's deficit to 2-1. The Brazilian's cross from the left beat everyone in its path to settle into the far corner of Sharjah's goal.

After the change of ends, Soares completed his hat-trick for the King. The Brazilian intercepted an Abdullah Al Naqbi pass and then made a swift run down the centre before beating goalkeeper Salem Abdullah with a neat placement.

Trailing by 3-1, the hosts managed to claw back into the match after substitute Hassan Mohammad slotted in Ronaldo Mendes' cross from the left.

Soares then completed his tally after receiving a through from Saif Rashid in the 83rd minute. Ronaldo Mendes' splendid free-kick three minutes later proved to be too little too late as Sharjah emerged 4-3 winners.

In another Group B encounter, a brace from Luvannor Henrique saw Shabab Al Ahli Dubai thrash Dibba 4-1 at the Fujairah Stadium.

The match got off to a rousing start as the hosts took the lead in the seventh minute after Yaseen Mahmoud dribbled past Shabab Al Ahli defenders to send a low cross into the box, which was slotted home by Ahmad Rashid.

The scores were however level within minutes. Henrique equalised for Shabab Al Ahli with a clinical header from a free-kick.

Winger Waleed Ambar then put Shabab Al Ahli in the lead in the 18th minute. After the change of ends, Rashid Hassan added the third goal for Shabab Al Ahli with a composed finish into the far corner.

Dibba were then reduced to 10 men after Abdullah Nasser was given the marching orders after pocketing his second yellow for the evening. Henrique then got on the scoresheet again as Shabab Al Ahli sealed the match.

With this result, Shabab Al Ahli have qualified for the next round with nine points and are at the top of the Group B table ahead of Al Wasl por now.

Dibba too have qualified despite the loss thanks to Al Wahda's win against Emirates.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Dec 23, 2017
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