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Al Jazira 2:3 Al Nasr. AGL. Match Summary

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uae.agleague.ae: 22 Nov. 2015
 
Al Nasr’s Brazilian striker Nilmar chose a good time to score his first Arabian Gulf League goal for the club, netting the winner in a 3-2 Round 8 victory away at Al Jazira having thrown away a two-goal lead at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. Luis Jimenez and Jamal Maroof were on target for the Blues, who move within one point of top spot in the table on 18, before an Ali Mabkhout brace tied the scores, but Nilmar’s goal proved decisive as Al Jazira suffered their fourth League defeat of the season.
 
The first real effort on target came in the 14th minute as young Al Jazira defender Saif Khalfan’s header was well saved by Ahmad Shambieh, however, two minutes later it was Al Nasr who broke the deadlock as a header from a lofted cross by Jonathan Pitroipa fell to Luis Jimenez, who hit a sweet strike on the volley into the back of the net. By the 18th minute Al Nasr had extended their lead further. Khalid Jalal’s ball put Nilmar through, and the Brazilian striker caused a mix-up in Al Jazira’s defence as Saif Khalfan and Musallem Fayez collided and Ali Khaseif was forced into a flying save, but Al Nasr striker Jamal Maroof was quickest to react, tucking away the rebound from a tight angle to put the visitors 2-0 up. At the other end, some crucial defending in the box from Ahmed Ibrahim and Hussain Abbas Juma prevented Jefferson Farfan from cutting the deficit, but in the 26th minute it was 2-1 as a misjudged back-pass from young left-back Hussain Abbas Juma was intercepted by Ali Mabkhout, who walked the ball into an empty net with Shambieh out of position. In the 38th minute Al Nasr’s back line was again left exposed to Ali Mabkhout, as Khalid Jalal was dispossessed by Yaqoub Al Hosani, who set the UAE international striker away to net his second goal of the game and equalise at 2-2. 
 
In the 50th minute an inswinging free kick from Luis Jimenez was headed on by Nilmar but Ali Khaseif made a one-handed stop as Al Nasr attempted to regain their lead, whilst just shy of the one-hour mark a strike from Thiago Neves bounced back off the base of the post. But it was indeed the visitors who regained the lead; Brazilian striker Nilmar being set up to finish from close range by Jonathan Pitroipa to make it 3-2 in the 63rd minute. The two-goal lead was almost restored when the ball dropped to Hussain Abbas Juma in the area as Al Jazira failed to clear their lines from a corner, but the left-back’s strike was deflected off target and into the side netting, and Al Nasr held on for the 3-2 victory.