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Al Ahli 4:1 Al Jazira. AGL. Match Summary

News 30 Nov. 2015
Al Ahli’s 100% victorious start to the 2015/16 Arabian Gulf League season continued with a 4-1 Round 9 win over Al Jazira. Goals from Rodrigo Lima, Walid Abbas, Ismaeel Al Hamadi and Everton Ribeiro meant Khamis Esmail’s wonderstrike counted for nothing as Al Ahli made it a perfect 21 points from 7 games, whilst Al Jazira’s woes continue in 11th place with just 8 points.
The first crucial save of the match came in the 12th minute as Dida was forced to tip a long-distance strike from Al Jazira midfielder Jong Woo Park over the bar and behind for a corner, and seven minutes later at the other end Al Ahli missed a sitter as Rodrigo Lima somehow put his header over the crossbar from an Everton Ribeiro cross. It wasn’t long until Al Ahli were handed an even better chance, though, as in the 22nd minute Moussa Sow was hacked down by Fares Juma on a surging run in the area, and the referee pointed to the spot. It was, unsurprisingly, the club’s top scorer Rodrigo Lima who stepped up to slot home a classy penalty kick and make it 1-0 with his 9th League goal of the season. After taking the lead Al Ahli attacked relentlessly; Moussa Sow and Lima combining well twice in quick succession to come close to extending the lead. But in the 42nd minute Al Jazira’s Khamis Esmail stunned the lively Al Ahli crowd into silence with a stunning long range free kick, to pull the visitors right back into the game at 1-1 in spectacular style. 
The hosts didn’t wait long after the break to regain their lead, though, and this time the goal came from the unlikely source of Walid Abbas as the defender’s left-footed volley from an Everton Ribeiro free kick looped into the bottom far corner to make it 2-1 in the 48th minute. By the 57th minute Al Ahli were away at 3-1; the ball dropping to Lima in the middle of goal but goalkeeper Khalid Alsenaani was able to make the initial save, however it was Ismaeel Al Hamadi who picked up the rebound and cut inside to stroke it into the back of the net. Two minutes later the energetic Majed Hassan struck the woodwork with an effort from a tight angle as the hosts tightened their grip on the game, and in the 71st minute there was a special moment to savour as newly-crowned AFC Player of the Year Ahmed Khalil entered the fray to a rapturous reception, replacing goal-scorer Al Hamadi after a long journey back from last night’s AFC Awards ceremony in New Delhi. The scoring was not over yet as Everton Ribeiro rounded off the win by adding a fourth with a peach of a left-footed strike in the 78th minute, capping a fine display from the AFC Champions League runners-up.