Match Reports

Al Diwaniya 1-7 Al Shorta - 2018-19 Iraqi Premier League


Al Shorta recorded their largest Iraqi Premier League win since 2004 as they smashed seven goals past Al Diwaniya to move to the top of the table.

Saif Taher's curling free-kick gave the hosts a surprise lead after five minutes but Al Shorta's in-form Senegalese striker Alassane Diallo responded within sixty seconds, firing home from outside the box after his own free-kick was blocked.

Al Shorta did not look back from that moment on and took the lead when Alaa Abdul-Zahra scored a stunning bicycle kick from close range. The second half was where the Harps really ran riot as Diallo finished a flowing team move with a great finish and Ammar Abdul-Hussein blasted the ball in from long range.

Diallo made it five with a composed left-footed shot before Alaa Abdul-Zahra missed a penalty kick won by Mahdi Kamil. Alaa would get his brace eventually as he tapped home with five minutes left and then managed to get his hat-trick with another open goal tap-in, this time from a cut-back from the deadly Diallo.

Al Quwa Al Jawiya's 1-1 draw at home to Al Najaf means that Al Shorta are now top of the Iraqi Premier League and their next game will be on Wednesday at Erbil.

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