Match Reports

Al Shorta 0-0 Al Talaba - 2018-19 Iraqi Premier League


Al Shorta played out their second consecutive Baghdad Derby goalless draw as they wasted numerous chances to snatch three points against Al Talaba at Al Shaab Stadium.

The Harps, who were officially the home side, came out onto the pitch in their purple home kit only to find that Al Talaba's 'black' away kit was in fact largely blue, causing a kit clash that made the game almost impossible for viewers to watch on television and likely even more difficult for the players on the field.

Al Shorta started the better side but Al Talaba defended valiantly and frustrated the ten-time Iraqi champions. Al Shorta almost took the lead in the first half but Waleed Salem's cut-back found an Al Talaba shirt and the two sides went into the break deadlocked.

Al Shorta came out with even more fight in the second period and hit the post through an effort by Amjad Atwan. Alassane Diallo came close but saw his shot go wide before Mohanad Ali had a shot cleared off the line late on and 'Al Qeetharah' also had a penalty shout waved away. The game ended goalless, meaning Al Shorta are the only side in the league to have not conceded a single goal yet, and the result extends their unbeaten run over rivals Al Talaba to more than six years. Al Shorta fans were hoping that they would be able to make up for the dropped points against Al Zawraa by dispatching of last season's 14th-placed side however, but they just couldn't get the goal that would have put them on seven points from nine instead of five.

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