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Al Jazira 3:2 Bani Yas. AGL. Match Summary

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uae.agleague.ae: 18 Feb. 2016
 
There were five goals in the Abu Dhabi derby as Al Jazira came out on top in a 3-2 victory over 10-man Bani Yas in Round 19 of the Arabian Gulf League. A double from Thiago Neves and an Ali Mabkhout penalty secured all three points for the hosts – who also saw a late red card for Jong Woo Park – whilst Joaquin Larrivey’s brace proved worthless for Bani Yas, who suffered a sending off for Mohamed Jaber. Al Jazira now have 25 points and temporarily move up to 7th, whilst Bani Yas remain 6th on 26.
 
A 7th-minute free kick from distance by Bani Yas’ Royston Drenthe flashed just wide of the top corner as the visitors made a promising start at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, but in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time it was the hosts who took the lead through a spectacular left-footed free kick from Thiago Neves, which dipped into the far corner of Adel Abubaker’s net to give Al Jazira a 1-0 advantage on the stroke of half time. But Bani Yas didn’t allow their heads to drop, and into the second half they found a 57th-minute equaliser through Joaquin Larrivey’s 13th League goal of the season. By the 61st minute Larrivey had made it 2-1 with his 14th; this time netting a stooping header from a corner kick to turn the result around and complete a personal double within four minutes. Drama erupted in the 75th minute as Al Jazira were awarded a penalty after the referee penalized Mohamed Jaber for a block on Ali Mabkhout, and before the spot-kick was taken the Bani Yas defender was also shown a red card to leave the visitors down to 10 men for the remaining quarter of an hour. The penalty was finally taken in the 79th minute, and it was Ali Mabkhout who stepped up to convert with aplomb to equalise at 2-2 with his 13th AGL strike of the season, and by the 82nd minute Al Jazira had turned things entirely back in their favour as Thiago Neves hit his second of the game low into the bottom corner to make it 3-2 in an action-packed finale to the game. There was still time for a red card for Al Jazira, too; Jong Woo Park being dismissed in stoppage time for his second booking, but the 10-man hosts held out for all three points.