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Al Jazira 3:1 Al Wasl. AG League. Match Summary

News 17 Sep. 2016
Al Jazira bounced back from their midweek Super Cup disappointment by starting off the 2016/17 Arabian Gulf League season with a 3-1 win over Al Wasl on Saturday night. A brace from Ali Mabkhout sandwiched a Jefferson Farfan goal at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, as Ali Salmeen’s strike for Al Wasl proved to be a mere consolation. 
The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute as right-back Mohammed Fawzi’s pinpoint cross was directed past Rashed Ali by the diving header of Ali Mabkhout, and right on the half-hour mark Al Jazira almost doubled their advantage but for an excellent reflex save from Rashed Ali to deny Jefferson Farfan. By the 35th minute and against the run of play, A Wasl had hit back with an equaliser as Ali Salmeen was the quickest to latch onto an attempted clearance coming out of the area, rifling a low shot from distance under the body of Ali Khaseif to make it 1-1. 
With both teams tied at the break, it was Al Jazira who came out of the blocks more quickly in the second half as Jefferson Farfan found the net with a first-time finish off Mubarak Boussoufa’s cross from the left in the 48th minute to put the home side 2-1 up. A minute later it was 3-1 as Henk Ten Cate’s half-time team talk appeared to fast be paying dividends; this time Ali Mabkhout curling a sweet, low right-footed strike into the far bottom corner from Thiago Neves’ assist for his second goal of the game. Al Wasl goalkeeper Rashed Ali was then immediately stretchered off after picking up an injury right at the start of the second half, and further exacerbating it whilst conceding two goals in quick succession. At the other end, Ronaldo Mendes curled an effort from distance narrowly wide of Ali Khaseif’s post around the hour mark as Al Wasl tried to get back into the game once again, but moments later in an end-to-end encounter Al Jazira were on the attack once more; Boussoufa combining well with Mabkhout to almost set the Emirati striker up for his hat-trick, but for a timely intervention at the near post by Yaser Salem to nick the ball behind for a corner as the score remained 3-1 at the final whistle.