The Sharjah team, “the defending champion”, qualified for the quarter-finals of the President’s Football Cup, after its difficult victory over its guest, Al-Nasr 2-1, yesterday, and it will face the winner in today’s match between the Gulf FC and Al-Jazira teams.
The match witnessed a “crazy” scenario, with the referee awarding three penalty kicks, including two for Sharjah and one for Al Nasr.
Sharjah took the lead from a penalty kick by Brazilian Caio Lucas (57), and the referee counted it after he was summoned by the video referee, the “mouse”, on the grounds that Al-Nasr player Yaqoub Al-Balushi touched the ball with his hand.
The referee of the match, Hamad Ali Youssef, awarded another penalty kick to Sharjah, which was missed by the Bosnian player Pjanic, but the referee of the match, Hamad Ali Youssef, decides to return the kick again, on the grounds that one of Al-Nasr players entered the goal line at the moment of executing the kick. Al-Nassr reduced the difference from a penalty kick, which was scored by Portuguese Antonio Jose Tozi (88).
In this match, Sharjah regained the services of Bosnian player Miralem Pjanic, who was absent from the team in the last period, as well as goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani, a return to the course of the match, as the two teams shared control of the course of the first half, although Sharjah seemed relatively better.
During the first half, Sharjah threatened Al-Nasr goal with more than one attack attempt led by Spanish striker Paco Alcacer and Brazilian Caio Lucas, but he was unable to reach Al-Nasr’s net.
In the second half, Sharjah succeeded in scoring two goals from two penalty kicks, before Brigadier General Al-Nasrawi reduced the difference from a penalty kick as well, so Sharjah ended the match in his favor with two goals to one.
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