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Al Jazira 1:3 Al Ain. AGL. Match Summary

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uae.agleague.ae: 6 March 2016
 
Al Ain cut the gap at the top of the Arabian Gulf League table to just one point again as a hat-trick from Douglas saw off Al Jazira 3-1 at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Sunday night. The three goals from the Brazilian forward cancelled out Ali Mabkhout’s earlier equaliser to increase Al Ain’s tally to 49 in 2nd place, whilst Al Jazira finish Round 20 of the season with 25 points in 8th place. 
 
In the 25th minute Al Ain were handed a golden opportunity to get ahead as former Al Jazira veteran Yaser Matar earned a penalty for his new side after being felled in the area by young defender Mohamed Jamal, and Douglas made the most of it by stepping up to thrash an emphatic penalty kick into the top corner past Ali Khaseif and give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later Al Jazira had a good chance to get back level as defender Sultan Al Suwaidi, playing in an unfamiliar position at left-back, skipped away free down the wing as Fawzi Fayez pulled up sharply with a hamstring strain, but as the Al Jazira man squared a cross in front of the face of goal there was nobody in place to complete what would have been a simple tap-in. But in the 37th minute Al Jazira found their equaliser as Thiago Neves robbed Yaser Matar of possession and set up Ali Mabkhout to curl a finish beyond Khalid Eissa at 1-1 with his 14th League goal of the season. 
 
With the two teams tied at the break after an evenly contested first half, it took a moment of brilliance from Douglas to regain the advantage for Al Ain in the second half as the Brazilian turned just outside the area and struck a fierce left-footed shot into the top corner to make it 2-1 in the 59th minute. In the 75th minute a Fares Juma header found the target as Al Jazira attempted to get back level again but Khalid Essa was equal to it in goal, but just three minutes later Al Ain appeared to have wrapped things up as Douglas completed his hat-trick with a clever counter-attack started off in the middle of the park by Fellipe Bastos threading the ball through to Mohammed Abdulrahman on the left, who cut back for Douglas to add his third of the game and make it 3-1 after 78 minutes. It was to be the Brazilian forward’s last action of the encounter as Emirati striker Saeed Al Katheeri was brought on in his place, but there was to be no doubt about the star of the night as Douglas’ three goals won the game.