AL SHORTA MISS OUT ON CHANCE TO GO TOP OF THE LEAGUE
Al Naft and Al Shorta played out the third consecutive goalless draw between the two clubs as the Harps were denied a place on top of the league table.
Al Zawraa were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by Al Semawah earlier in the day and that opened up the chance for the ten-time Iraqi champions to overtake them on goal difference if they managed to beat last season's runner-up Al Naft.
But the Police were not able to break down the Oil's defence as very few chances were created throughout the 90 minutes. Macros Paquetá subbed on Ghanaian international Asiedu Attobrah with twenty minutes left and he looked lively but was unable to impact the result as the game ended without goals, with Amjad Waleed being sent off for the Greens very late on for a second bookable offence.
Al Shorta travel to Al Sinaat Al Kahrabaiya in their next game before a crunch derby with Al Quwa Al Jawiya, who picked up their fifth consecutive win today and are now seven points behind 'Al Qeetharah'. Al Shorta will need to pick up wins in those games if the hope to lead the table by the halfway point of the campaign.
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