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

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uae.agleague.ae: 10 April 2016
 
Al Ahli opened up a four-point gap at the top of the Arabian Gulf League table – pending Al Ain’s result against Al Nasr to close Round 22 tonight – thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win away at Al Jazira in a dramatic ten-versus-ten contest. Goals from Moussa Sow and Kwon Kyung Won sealed all three points for the League leaders at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in a game which saw first-half red cards for Park Jong Woo and Salmin Khamis, as Al Ahli move onto 56 points and Al Jazira remain stuck on 28.
 
After a slight delay in kick-off due to some kit confusion, it was the visitors of Al Ahli who shook the disruption off to take a 15th-minute lead; Moussa Sow latching onto an attempted clearance from Fares Juma and outmuscling Saif Khalfan to wrap his left foot round a shot and puncture the back of Ali Khaseif’s net at 1-0. Things went from bad to worse for Al Jazira in the 40th minute as Korean midfielder Park Jong Woo was sent off for his second booking in quick succession after an elbow on Ismaeel Al Hamadi, leaving the hosts to chase the lead with just 10 men for more than an entire half. Into first-half stoppage time there was further drama, though, as Al Ahli very nearly doubled their lead when Fares Juma headed Ismaeel Al Hamadi’s free kick against his own crossbar, only the woodwork sparing his blushes and preventing an own goal, whilst in the aftermath the visitors were also on the receiving end of a red card as Salmin Khamis received his second yellow card after kicking Salim Rashid instead of the ball in a goalmouth scramble. 
 
After the interval giving the two teams a chance to catch their breath, it was Al Ahli who came closest to extending their advantage in the 51st minute when Habib Al Fardan’s effort was narrowly deflected over the crossbar for a corner. But just two minutes later it was indeed 2-0 as Kwon Kyung Won emphatically added his name to the score sheet after a sublime give-and-go with Everton Ribeiro, thundering a tremendous left-footed strike into the top corner past a leaping Ali Khaseif. In the 65th minute, though, Al Jazira were handed a route back into the game as former Al Ahli youngster Khalfan Mubarak was adjudged to have been tripped by a combination of Moussa Sow and Khamis Esmail just inside the area, and Ali Mabkhout stepped up to coolly convert the spot kick past Majed Naser to make it 2-1 with his 17th League goal of the season. There was to be no comeback from the hosts, though, as the 10 men of Al Ahli held on for another vital victory in their title race.