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Al Jazira Outclasses Al Shaab and wins by 3 goals

Abu Dhabi: 8 January 2014
Al Jazira team overcame the long list of absentees that their squad suffered before today match, and won over Al Shaab with 3 goals to 0, when they hosted them in Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium at the night of Wednesday the 8th of January, as part of the 14th week of the Arabian Gulf League.
Nelson Valdez scored twice in the first half, and specifically in the 6th and 9th minute; in the second half Ali Mabkhout scored the third in the 56th minute.
Coach Walter Zenga started the match with Ali Khaseif; Hyung Min Chin; Juma Abdullah, Ali Al Ameri, Musallem Fayez; Khamis Ismail and Subait Khater; Ali Mabkhout, Sultan Barghash, Abdullah Qasim and Nelson Valdez.
The substitutes were Khalid Al Senani, Yasir Matar, Hamad Al Hosani, Khalid Butti, Sultan Al Suwaidi and Sultan Abdulwahab. The absentees were Abdulaziz Barrada and Khalid Sabil for suspension; and each of Ricardo Oliveira, Abdullah Musa, Humaid Al Mas, Yaqub Al Hosani and Salim Masoud for injuries. 
Al Jazira started their search for the first goal since the first minutes, and after the fifth minute almost passed, Nelson Valdez put his team in the driving seat after he converted Ali Mabkhout smart pass into Al Shaab goal to give Al Jazira an early lead in the 6th minute.
After only 3 minutes, the Paraguayan scored his second goal with nice touch, converting Mabkhout low cross with his boot tip into Husain Sahrab net in the 9th minute.
Valdez and Mabkhout kept digging at Al Shaab defensive wall, and the latter almost scored the third but he hesitated and the defender blocked his shot into a corner kick.
The referee refused to award Al Jazira a right penalty kick after Al Shaab defender blocked Sultan Barghash pass with his hand inside the area at the 19th minute, but his decision didn’t affect Al Jazira players, as Khamis Ismail tested the goalkeeper positioning with a strong shot went away of the goal.
Al Shaab tried to react and share the possession with their hosts, but Al Jazira kept controlling the match and possessing the ball during the last five minutes of the first half; Ali Mabkhout was so close to score his first goal and Al Jazira third, but his shot went a few centimeters away from the goal in the 45th minute. 

In the start of the second half Al Shaab managed a spell of attacking possession, with a number of corners in quick succession, but Al Jazira’s defense stayed strong and the hosts broke away in attack again just before the stroke of half time, with Ali Mabkhout’s effort from a tight angle trickling agonizingly wide of the far post after a cushioned pass from Abdulla Qasem. 
In the 54th minute Al Jazira went close again as Juma Abdullah slid in at the back post but just missed his connection with Sultan Bargash’s curved free kick. 
Al Shaab then fashioned their own scoring chance as Badr Al Nobi raced down the left and launched his strike into the side netting. 
But it wasn’t long before Al Jazira pulled further in front as Ali Mabkhout scored the hosts’ third in the 57th minute. Sultan Bargash threaded a perfect pass through to Mabkhout, who had timed his run well to beat the offside trap and he was able to walk the ball into the net as Al Shaab’s defense and goalkeeper had stopped believing that the striker would be flagged offside, but instead the referee’s whistle blew for the award of the third goal. 
In the 85th minute Mabkhout came close to a brace with a sweetly-struck first-time shot from distance, but the score remained 3-0.
With this victory, Al Jazira raised their league credit to the 26th point, and shared the second place with Al Shabab, who will play against Al Ain in the second day of this round.