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  • Fri 21 Dec 2018, 19 : 30 - Arabian Gulf Cup

Al Jazira 5:1 Al Wahda. AGL League. Match Summary

uae.agleague.ae: 19 January 2017
Al Jazira took full advantage of Al Ain's surprise 2-3 defeat against Emirates and moved four points clear at the top of the table after thrashing their Abu Dhabi rivals Al Wahda 5-1 at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in round 15 of the Arabian Gulf League.
The round, known as ‘The Year of Giving Round' saw workers from each of the 14 Arabian Gulf League clubs honoured before kick-off. Ahead of the Abu Dhabi derby, the Pro League committee honoured Kunhi Mohammed Areekan, a technician at Al Wahda Club and Mohamed Chankaranchola, a hospitality staff at Al Jazira club as part of the ‘Feekom Al Khair' initiative.
A fiery derby started with a big moment as Al Jazira's Brazilian striker Ailton Almeida found Ali Mabkhout with a perfectly weighted through pass, Makhout outpaced Al Wahda's Korean defender Rim Chang-woo and knocked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Rashed Ali. The former Al Wasl goalkeeper stopped the ball with his arm 5 meters outside his penalty area and referee Yaqoub Al Hammadi was left with no choice but to brandish the red card for Rashed Ali just three minutes into the game.
Following their goalkeeper's dismissal, Al Wahda coach Javier Aguirre was forced to take off Tareq Ahmed to bring in substitute goalkeeper Ali Al Hosani.
Five minutes later Al Jazira looked to capitalise on their extra man advantage and Almeida received a cushioned header from his fellow Brazilian Leonardo on the edge of Al Wahda's penalty box but his left-footed shot went wide of Al Hosani's goal.
At the fifteen minutes' mark, Al Jazira Ali Mabkhout broke the deadlock with his 16th league goal of the season. Mabkhout's initial shot was saved by Al Hosani's legs but he followed through with the rebound and tapped in from inside the six yards box.
Mabkhout almost doubled Al Jazira's lead in the 16th minute after he latched onto a through ball, rounded the goalkeeper but couldn't finish as his shot went into the side netting.
Despite being a man down, Al Wahda looked dangerous on the counter attack and Argentine striker Sebastian Tagliabue brought them level in the 18th minute after receiving a long pass from Hungarian international Balazs Dzsuzsak and a finishing expertly with the outside of his right foot past Al Jazira's Ali Khaseif.
Before an action-packed first half reached its midway point, Al Jazira were on the attack again and Leonardo's cross from the left wing, initially intended for Mabkhout's head found its way into the back of Al Wahda's net to put the hosts 2-1 up. In the aftermath of the goal, Al Wahda's Ahmed Rashid received a yellow card for dissent.
In the 22nd minute, Al Wahda captain Ismail Matar dropped into the centre circle and supplied a sublime pass to Tagliabue who chested the ball down and rounded Khaseif but his shot didn't connect properly and went wide.
Balazs Dzsuzsak was booked for dissent in the 31st minute and on the other side, Al Jazira's Korean midfielder Park Jong Woo was forced off with an injury and was replaced by Khalfan Mubarak.
Al Wahda's problems were doubled as their top goalscorer Tagliabue was sent off after a late challenge from behind on Mohammed Fawzi five minutes before the break.
In added time of the first half, Leonardo doubled his tally as he controlled a cross from Mohammed Fawzi, breaking Al Wahda's offside trap and firing past Al Hosani for Al Jazira's third goal of the night.
As the teams came back for the second period, Al Wahda were down to eight men after Balazs Dzsuzsak received his marching orders in the tunnel at half time.
Salem Abdullah replaced Salem Rashed for Al Wahda and the second half was predictably a one-way traffic towards the visitors' goal. Javier Aguirre's men defended heroically but Al Jazira's three-men advantage was evident as Musallem Fayez's cross from the right was met by a beautiful volley from Ailton Almeida that sent the ball whistling into Al Hosani's net for a fourth Al Jazira goal at the 71st minute.
‘The Pride of Abu Dhabi' completed the route two minutes from time when substitute Sultan Barghash added a fifth goal, scoring his first goal of the season after he side-footed another Musallem Fayez cross from the right wing.
The 5-1 defeat leaves Al Wahda in 5th place with 24 points from 15 games while Al Jazira remain top with 35 points with a game in hand.