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Al Ahli 2:1 Al Jazira. AGL. Match Summary

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uae.agleague.ae: March 4, 2017
 
Goals from Salmin Khamis and Everton Ribeiro gave Al Ahli a crucial 2-1 victory over top of the table Al Jazira at Rashid Stadium in the final fixture of round 20 of the Arabian Gulf League. ‘The Red Knights' revived their hopes of catching Al Jazira at the top, closing the gap at the top to six points with just as many rounds to be played. As Al Ahli rise to 44 points in second place, the result gives hope to both Al Ain and Al Wasl who sit just behind Al Ahli with 43 points.
 
A cagey first half saw both teams playing conservatively with no clear-cut chances being recorded. The best chance fell Al Ahli's way when Ismael Al Hammadi's powerful header ended on the wrong side of the post in the 23rd minute.
 
The game came to life in the second half and both teams looked more threatening. Al Jazira had a golden chance to go in front when right-back Mohammed Fawzi was brought down inside Al Ahli penalty area by Khamis Ismaeel and the referee awarded a spot-kick in the 68th minute. Ali Mabkhout stepped up to take it but his saw his shot saved by Al Ahli goalkeeper Majed Naser. Al Jazira's top goalscorer was quick to react, and powered a left-footed shot into the roof of the net to open the scoring at the second time of asking.
Al Ahli looked to respond and just seven minutes later, they earned a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area to the right flank. Everton Ribeiro took the free-kick short alongside the penalty box and a smart dummy by Asamoah Gyan left the ball to Khamis Ismaeel whose powerful effort cannoned off the crossbar after being tipped by Ali Khaseif. Al Ahli defender Salmin Khamis was rose highest and headed in the rebound to bring the hosts level.
 
All of a sudden, the momentum was with Cosmin Olariou's men and they took full advantage as Makhete Diop and Gyan used their physique to outmuscle Al Jazira defence on numerous occasions and after the latter won an aerial duel on the edge of Al Jazira box, the duo exchange a one-two before Gyan's attempted shot failed to connect properly. Luckily for him the ball went straight to the feet of the onrushing Ribeiro who applied the finish from close-range to turn the table on Al Jazira and with just five minutes on the clock, earn ‘The Red Knights' an important 2-1 victory to keep their title hopes alive.