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uae.agleague.ae: 15 Feb. 2017
 
Al Jazira strolled to a thumping 5-0 win over Emirates at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in round 19 of the Arabian Gulf League.
 
Ahead of the match, the "Symbols of Giving" initiative organised by the Pro League Committee saw the honouring of former Al Jazira official Saeed Al Suwaidi and their former player Bassam Muftah.
 
Striker Ali Mabkhout opened the scoring for the hosts after 20 minutes, heading in Ailton Almeida's cross from the right wing after the Brazilian received the ball from the overlapping Mohamed Fawzi.
 
Almeida and Mabkhout combined again and the former Al Hilal player found Mabkhout with a perfectly weighted through pass, the UAE international rounded Ali Saqr, but Emirates' goalkeeper caught Mabkhout, leading the referee to point to the spot. Winter signing Leonardo Pereira stepped up and scored from the spot, doubling Al Jazira's lead in the 36th minute.
 
After the break, ‘The Pride of Abu Dhabi' picked up from where they left in the first period. Second goal scorer Leonardo turned provider, cutting in from left wing, then crossing for Mabkhout who controlled with his right foot before finishing past Saqr for his 22nd goal of the Arabian Gulf League season.
 
Almeida outpaced Emirates left back Ahmed Yaslam to latch onto a quick counter-attacking pass on the right wing before supplying a pinpoint low cross to Mabkhout who converted to complete his hat-trick and make it 4-0 with 20 minutes left on the clock.
 
Having accomplished his job, Mabkhout made way for substitute Ahmed Al Hashmi in the 83rd minute. Al Hashmi got straight down to business as he slalomed inside Emirates penalty box, overtaking Iraqi defender Ibrahim Ahmed and finishing in the near box to complete the rout.
 
The 5-0 victory means Al Jazira have now won eight league matches in a row, reaching 50 points, nine points clear of second placed Al Ahli with seven matches to go in the season. Emirates struggles continue at the other end of the table as they remain 13th with 12 points, three points behind the last safety position occupied by Dibba who face Al Nasr on Friday.