Fanja got their first win in what seemed like an eternity as they hauled themselves out of the automatic relegation zones with an impressive win away at Al Nasr. I say impressive, Al Nasr are now safe and haven’t got an awful lot to play for. Well, they haven’t got anything to play for now as they’re too far behind Al Shabab with too little time left. We are now down to just the ten that can be relegated with TWO games left. Al Nahda are the latest to get over the line after they murdered Mirbat. Let’s have a look at each of the games that mattered.
Oman Club Are Going To Be Livid
Oman Club are going to be furious if they end up getting relegated. They’re on the longest unbeaten run in the league, yet they’re level on points with bottom of the table. One of their biggest problems is that they can’t turn draws into wins. After their game against Dhofar, they’ve now drawn twelve out of their twenty-four league games.
When Al Farsi gave Oman Club the lead, they would’ve hoped they could hold on. Oman Club managed to shoot themselves in the foot just before the interval when they gave away a penalty. Hugo Lopez kept up his good form when he finished from the spot.
Nothing to report on in the second-half, bar a red card for Dhofar’s Tamer El Hajj. Dhofar are now three points ahead of the ralelegation zone. Oman Club are only out of the drop zone on goal difference. It’s going to the wire.
Final score: Oman Club 1-1 Dhofar.
Muscat have not had much fun on the road and going into their game with Al Salam, they only had won once on the road. On the other hand, Al Salam had only won once at home. Everything pointed at a draw then, right? Muscat and Al Salam were locked on points and whichever side took the spoils would have a slight cushion going into the final two games.
Where On Earth Did Muscat’s Performance Come From?
Two goals in as many minutes saw Muscat race into a two-goal lead. Mahmood gave Muscat the lead in the 18th-minute and that was followed by Mustafa making it 2-0. Where on earth was this away performance coming from? On the stroke of halftime, Mahmood doubled his tally for the evening and ensured that Al Salam needed a minor miracle.
Jaja did get one back for Al Salam midway through the second period but it was very much too little too late as Al Salam dropped to the foot of the table on goal difference. They need a win from somewhere. Maybe two.
Final score: Al Salam 1-3 Muscat.
Now we’re going to look at Fanja. It was about bloody time they won again. In typical Fanja fashion, they did it the hard way. After going a goal behind in the first-half, they had an awful lot to do and with Al Nasr still harbouring faint hopes of an AFC Cup place, there were probably going to have their work cut out.
Fanja Live To Fight Another Day
Nine minutes after the break, Mazin Sadi drew Fanja level. While a point wasn’t of much use to Fanja, Sadi’s goal gave them the belief and momentum to go in and get the win. Mukhlid Al Ruqadi got them the oh so important goal thirteen minutes later which put them 2-1 up and gave them something to hold onto.
Much like Oman Club, Fanja thought it would be a good idea to shoot themselves in the foot and give away a penalty. That was with eleven minutes left. Oh dear. MISSED! Fanja live to fight another day and moved to third bottom by virtue of a better goal difference.
Final score: Al Nasr 1-2 Fanja SC.
Abdulaziz Al Muqbali put on a show for Al Suwaiq’s fans after their piss poor showing last time out against Mirbat. He scored in the eighth, thirteenth and seventy-seventh minute as Al Suwaiq cruised to a 3-0 victory. What this meant for Al Orouba was they’re four points clear with two games left. They might be saved by the virtue of how bad the teams below them are. We’ll see.
Final score: Al Suwaiq 3-0 Al Orouba.
Al Shabab’s poor form continued as they lost at home to Sohar. We’re back to not knowing who scored certain goals as websites aren’t reporting them. It’s all fun and games.
Al Shabab Are Stuttering To Second
Anyway, Sohar took the lead after twenty-three minutes from the penalty spot and before the interval it was three. Khalifa Al Jahwari scored five minutes before the referee sounded the whistle for the break. Three minutes afterwards, it was three.
Al Shabab got a consolation goal in the second-half but it was nothing more than that. For Al Shabab to fuck up finishing second place would take a meltdown of epic proportions. Nevertheless, with the way they’re going, nothing would surprise me. Sohar, like Muscat and Dhofar, have a three-point cushion.
Final score: Al Shabab 1-3 Sohar.
Al Nahda, as mentioned, secured their survival with a brilliant win over Mirbat. Admeer scored in the eleventh and thirteenth minute to set the tone for the evening. Whoever scored the other goals, well done to you. It’s one of them that doesn’t tell me any goalscorers with the exception of Admeer.
Al Nahda Can Still Catch Al Shabab
Al Nahda are now the only side that can catch Al Shabab. What needs to happen is Al Nahda have to win both games and Al Shabab have to lose both. I can’t see it. Two goals in the last two minutes gave Al Nahda a more flattering score, was very much deserved, though.
Final score: Al Nahda 5-1 Mirbat.
We close with Al Mudhaibi versus Saham. Saham needed the win much more than Al Mudhaibi otherwise they would be bang in trouble. Even a draw wouldn’t have done Saham much use.
Going into second-half stoppage time, it looked like Saham were dead and buried. 90+5. NINETY-FIVE MINUTES. Baba Mansoor! How important might that be? Baba Mansoor gets Saham out of jail.
Final score: Al Mudhaibi 0-1 Saham.
What a magic set of results. What a league. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you can shove your Premier League up your arse. It is nothing in comparison to everything that’s going on in Oman.
Here is the league table, try and get your head around this…
This tops everything else. The action comes thick and fast and will be back in no time. Keep your eyes peeled.
Until the next time.