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Al Dhafra 3:2 Al Jazira. AGL 18.19. Match Summary

uae.agleague.ae: Dec. 4, 2018
Al Jazira dropped valuable points in the title race as they suffered a 3-2 defeat to Al Dhafra at Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium in matchweek 12 of the Arabian Gulf League on Tuesday.
Only six minutes into the game, Al Jazira have already threatened Al Dhafra. Following a brilliant teamwork between Ali Mabkhout, Leonardo Pereira and Khalfan Mubarak but the Brazilian’s effort was cleared by Al Dhafra defense.
Al Dhafra, who are looking to move further away from the relegation zone, opened the scoring in the 26th minute. Romulo dos Santos found Humaid Abdulla Almesmari long pass and the Brazilian capitalized on mistakes from the defense and the keeper as he dribbled past them and slotted into the empty net.
In the dying minutes of the first half, the Western Knights wasted a golden chance to double their lead. Suhail Salem Almansoori failed to connect with goalscorer Romulo’s pass inside the box as Al Jazira defender Mohamed Al Attas cleared the ball for a corner as the first half ended with a 1-0 advantage for Al Dhafra.
Al Jazira kicked off the second half in a strong manner and looked focused on leveling up the scoreline, launching attacks through Leonardo Pereira and Mabkhout. They came close to netting the equalizer in the 51st minute when Sebastien Siani crossed the ball accurately into the box but Mabkhout’s first-time shot went wide.
In an attempt to boost their attacking options, Abdallah Ramadan and Ernest Asante came on to replace Al Attas and Mohamed Jamal around the one-hour mark.
Soon after, it was Al Dhafra who had the upper hand, with the hosts’ causing danger through Romulo dos Santos and Almansoori. With 12 minutes to go, Romulo doubled his tally and scored his side’s second goal of the game. The Brazilian found Almesmari’s cross inside the box and calmly headed the ball into the left corner of the net.
Only two minutes from time, Mabkhout reduced the deficit for the guests’ to keep their hopes of salvaging a point alive. Khalfan Mubarak sent a through pass to Mabkhout and the latter went one-on-one with the keeper before slotting home to make it 2-1.
Al Dhafra responded instantly and extended their lead again with Romulo completing his hat-trick and Almesmari rounding his hat-trick of assists as well. Almesmari crossed the ball inside the box to the Brazilian forward who found the net, leaving Al Jazria’s keeper helpless.
Al Jazira refused to wave the white flag as they were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute of injury time. Mabkhout scored from the spot but it wasn’t enough for the Pride of Abu Dhabi to overcome Al Dhafra.
Al Dhafra now sit eighth on 13 points, while Al Jazira are frozen on 25 points in third place.