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Al Jazira Loses to Bani Yas and Postpones the Qualification

Al Shamkha: 13 November 2013
Al Jazira missed their chance to qualify directly for the semi-final of the UAE Cup League, when they lose to their hosts Bani Yas with 1 goal to 3, in the 5th round match that has been played in Al Shamkha Stadium at Wednesday the 13th of November.
Water Zenga selected in his startup squad each of Khalid Al Senani, Musallem Fayez, Jumma Abdullah, Ali Al Ameri, Abdullah Musa, Subait Khater, Hyung Min Chin, Sultan Barghash, Abdelaziz Barrada, Ahmed Rabee and Ricardo Oliveira. Missed the match for injuries each of Nelson Valdez, Khalid Sabil, Salim Masoud and Yaqub Al Hosani.
The first half started without any direct attacking attempts as the two teams didn’t want to risk conceding an early goal. Then Bani Yas get their first corner in the 5th minute and Al Jazira get theirs after that with 3 minutes, but both corners ended with nothing.
Al Jazira started to build their attacks from behind with patience and kept the ball by short passes waiting to open a hole in the defensive wall of Bani Yas. Ahmed Ranee sent a cross from the right wing but the defende r cleared it before it reach Oliveira, the duo tried again but the Brazilian backward kick went above the goal.
Opposite to the match direction, Luis Carlos gave Bani Yas their first goal at the 20th minutes when he used his head to score from a corner kick by putting the behind Al Senani.
And before Al Jazira recover from this shock, Luis Carlos shocked them more with the second goal for the hosts after the first with only five minutes.
Barrada leaded Al Jazira attempts to minimize the difference at least before the end of the first half, but the crowded penalty area by denied Oliveira and Rabee from any clear angles to shoot towards the goal; and the high and violent pressure on Barrada forced the Moroccan the commit a nervous tackle that get him a yellow card at the 37th minute.
The tempo of the match slowed down with too many fouls committed by the two team players, and the last minutes including the added two went without any change in the score board.
Al Jazira started the second half fighting, and just five minutes after the restart they pulled a goal back through a spectacular strike by 18-year-old Ahmed Al Ghilani, who cut in from the left to thunder a right-footed shot into the Bani Yas net and give Al Jazira early hope of a second half recovery in the 50th minute. 
Four minutes later, however, their task was to get harder as captain Ricardo Oliveira was sent off for a second bookable offence and the visitors were forced to face the remaining 35 minutes with ten men. 
Just after an hour, Khalid Al Senaani made an important save from Marcelinho to keep Al Jazira in the game, and the visitors were handed a lifeline with the award of a penalty in the 67th minute when Musallem Fayez went down in the area, but Sultan Barghash’s weak spot kick down the middle was easily saved by Bani Yas goalkeeper Sultan Musabbeh. 
Walter Zenga made an offensive change with fifteen minutes remaining, bringing off centre-back Ali Al Ameri and replacing him with attack-minded midfielder Khalfan Mubarak in an attempt to salvage something from the game, but despite Al Jazira’s efforts Bani Yas added a third goal in injury time through Luis.
With this defeat, Al Jazira cup credit froze at the 9th point behind Al Sharjah the leader and Bani Yas the runner up with only point, with 1 match remained to play for each team in the last day of this round.