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Al Jazira Draw with Al Dhafra in Luis Milla Farewell Match

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Al Dhafra: 25 October 2013
 
Al Jazira first team draw by 1 goal to each with their host Al Dhafra in the match that played at Friday October 25 in Hamdan bin Zayed stadium, as part the fifth round of the Arabian Gulf League.
 
The startup squad of Al Jazira consisted of: Ali Khaseif; Khalid Butti, Jumaa Abdullah, Musallem Fayez, Abdullah Musa; Sultan Barghash, Khamis Ismail, Abdelaziz Barrada, Abdullah Qasim; Nelson Valdez and Ricardo Oliveira.
 
The team missed the suspended Ali Mabkhout, the injured triple Salim Masoud, Yaqub Al Hosani and Khalid Sabil, and also Hyung Min Chin to headed to his country to finish urgent governmental paper works.
 
Early attempts from Al Jazira’s Nelson Valdez and Ricardo Oliveira missed the target before Al Dhafra began to find their rhythm, and in the 15th minute the hosts had the ball in the back of the net but Makhete Diop had been flagged for offside and thus the effort didn’t count. Two minutes later Emmanuel Clottey beat the offside trap to find himself clean through on goal, but Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif bravely blocked with his left foot and the UAE national team shot-stopper again had to save from the lively Ghanaian inside the first twenty minutes.
 
Just after the half-hour mark Al Dhafra goalkeeper Abdulla Sultan had to leap to palm away a powerful Nelson Valdez header from an Abdelaziz Barrada corner, but six minutes later the Al Dhafra defense was unlocked by the same combination. Paraguayan striker Valdez cleverly evaded his marker in the box to head home another Barrada corner, putting Al Jazira 1-0 up in the 37th minute.
 
Al Dhafra were quick to pull themselves back to level pegging as French playmaker Kamel Chafni equalised for his side a minute before half-time. The diminutive midfielder twisted and turned on the edge of the box before driving a low shot against the upright and into the net past Ali Khaseif, sending the teams into the dressing rooms at 1-1.
 
Five minutes after the restart, a fierce delivery from Abdelaziz Barrada’s free kick on the edge of the area required a fingertip save from Abdulla Sultan to turn it onto the crossbar as Al Jazira tried to get their noses in front again.
 
Al Dhafra squandered a great chance to get ahead in the 56th minute as Makhete Diop found himself unmarked at the back post but got his connection all wrong, and four minutes later the task became more difficult for the home side as Hassan Zahran was sent off for a second bookable offence, leaving half an hour to be played with 10 men.
 
Al Jazira continued knocking on the door as Sultan Bargash missed a great opportunity to fire his side ahead in the 64th minute, and Abdulla Mousa rattled the woodwork two minutes later. The frame of the goal continued to receive a battering as Ricardo Oliveira’s 73rd-minute header cannoned of the crossbar, but despite the intense pressure from the visitors they couldn’t find another breakthrough and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
 
With this result, Al Jazira added only one point to their league credit reaching their eighth point and climbing to the 4th place temporarily.