Match Reports

Al Shorta 2-0 Karbalaa - 2016-17 Iraqi Premier League


First-half goals from Waleed Salem and Amjad Waleed secured a 2-0 win for Al Shorta against Karbalaa at Al Shaab Stadium.

Salem opened the scoring with a well-placed finish after ten minutes, while Amjad Waleed made it two on 36 minutes with one of Al Shorta's best goals of the season, smashing the ball into the top corner from well outside the box.

Al Shorta are now sitting in second place with 63 points, four behind Al Naft who top the table. Al Quwa Al Jawiya are just ten points behind Al Shorta with seven games in hand, while Naft Al Wasat are five behind the Police with two games in hand.

It will be difficult for Al Shorta to finish in the top two which would qualify them for a continental competition, but the difficulty of the task at hand will have become clearer by the end of June or start of July. Al Shorta are not expected to play more than one game in June while all the other teams will hopefully be playing all of their games in hand.

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Al Quwa Al Jawiya 0-0 Al Shorta - 2016-17 Iraqi Premier League


Al Shorta drew their third game in a row as the Baghdad Derby with title favourites Al Quwa Al Jawiya ended goalless.

The game was very dull, with neither side having many good chances until right at the end of the game, when Al Shorta almost scored a vital goal. The ball was flicked on to Abdul-Qadir Tariq who stretched out to get a touch on the ball but Jawiya 'keeper Fahad Talib managed to save it.

Al Shorta are now four points behind Al Naft, while Naft Al Wasat and Al Quwa Al Jawiya could both easily overtake the Harps with wins in their games in hand, which would put the Harps in fourth. Al Shorta are hoping to at least finish in second place, to secure qualification for a continental competition.

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Al Shorta 2-2 Al Zawraa - 2016-17 Iraqi Premier League


A stunning overhead kick from Al Zawraa's Ali Raheem denied Al Shorta all three points in a thrilling Baghdad Derby at Al Shaab Stadium.

Former Al Zawraa man Amjad Waleed opened the scoring for the Harps in the very first minute of the game as his shot deflected into the top corner.

But Al Zawraa equalised less than twenty minutes later, with former Al Shorta attacker Alaa Abdul-Zahra heading past goalkeeper Ahmed Basil, who had a great game between the sticks.

Al Shorta went back in front when they were awarded a penalty for handball which Waleed Salem converted with ease, but Al Zawraa brought the game back to 2-2 before half time when Ali Raheem produced a fantastic overhead kick that left Basil flailing.

The second half was dull in comparison to the energetic first period but both sides missed huge chances, with Amjad Waleed scuffing a shot for Al Shorta and Al Zawraa seeing a late effort cleared off the line by Waleed Salem. Al Zawraa made Amjad Kalaf their captain for the game instead of Alaa Abdul-Zahra, presumably an attempt at mind games due to the fact that Amjad is an Al Shorta legend and seeing him in an Al Zawraa shirt truly pains Al Shorta fans. Amjad was lively in the game but couldn't get a goal or assist against the club where he won two league titles.

The fans in the stadium were fantastic, with the Ultras Green Harp group, Iraq's first ever ultras group, being as loud and creative as always. The draw is Al Shorta's second tie in a row and these four dropped points have made the chances of winning the league title extremely slim as Al Quwa Al Jawiya have six games in hand on the Harps, while Naft Al Wasat have two games in hand over Al Shorta and Al Naft are already two points ahead of the ten-time champions. Al Shorta will be hoping to finish in second place though as that will qualify them for the 2017-18 Arab Club Championship, a tournament they famously won in 1982.

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