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

News 26 Dec. 2015
Al Dhafra moved out of the relegation zone with an invaluable 2-1 home with over fellow Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira in Round 13 of the Arabian Gulf League, finishing the first half of the season on 12 points thanks to a goal from Abdulrahim Juma and a Makhete Diop penalty. Al Jazira’s woes continue as the supposed title-challengers reach the halfway point of the season with just 14 points.
It was veteran midfielder Abdulrahim Juma who opened the scoring for Al Dhafra against his former side, firing them into a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute with a cross-goal finish. But by the 34th minute the visitors had drawn level with the award of a penalty; Thiago Neves stepping up to thump and emphatic spot kick beyond Abdulla Sultan to equalise for Al Jazira at 1-1. Just four minutes later, though, Al Dhafra were awarded a penalty of their own after Makhete Diop was fouled in the area, and the strong Senegalese striker converted the spot kick himself to regain the lead for Al Dhafra at 2-1 in the 38th minute. Al Jazira suffered an injury blow as UAE Olympic Team midfielder Salem Ali was forced off two minutes before the interval, with Yaqoub Al Hosani coming on in his place. Into the second half, Al Jazira brought on Ahmed Rabeya and Yaser Matar in an attempt to get back in the game, but to no avail as Al Dhafra held on for all three points.