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Al Jazira Outclasses Al Wasl but Loses the Points

Abu Dhabi: 22 September 2013
Al Jazira football team has lost on Saturday 21-9 against Al Wasl by 2 goals to 3, in the match that held in Mohammed bin Zayed stadium as part of the second round of Arabian Gulf League for season 2013 – 2014.
Al Jazira players faced their opponents with 9 players for the last 70 minutes after Min Chin and Abdullah Musa left with red cards (8, 29), and although the team managed to equalize the score by Ali Mabkhout and Ricardo Oliveira (37. 48), they conceded a third goal that cost them the match at stop their league credit at the 3 points they’ve got from the first round match against Al Shaab.
Coach Luis Milla started the match with Ali Khaseif; Salim Masoud, Jumaa Abdullah, Hyung Min Chin and Abdullah Musa; Yaqub Al Hosani and Khamis Ismail; Abdelaziz Barrada, Ricardo Oliveira and Ali Mabkhout; and Nelson Valdez as main striker.
The first half started with Al Jazira conceding a goal when Ghanim Bashir shot reflected by Jumaa Abdullah and deceived Ali Khaseif to give Al Wasl a very early advantage.
Al Jazira responded immediately, and Oliveira scored a correct goal – According to the refereeing experts on Abu Dhabi Sports TV – but the referee cancelled it for an offside (8), and from a counter attack the ball reached Mohammed Nasir inside the area but Min Chin tackled him and cost himself a red card and his team a penalty and second goal scored by Sengahor (9).
After one minute Abdullah Musa got a yellow card for reckless challenge, then Musallem Fayez came in for Yaqub Al Hosani to strength the defense line, and while the team was trying to get back to the game, Abdullah Musa made the situation worst when he got the second yellow card and the red one (29) for over protesting against the referee decisions, and his 9 teammates found themselves playing against 11 for the rest of the match.
And to make things even worse, Nelson Valdez suffered an injury in his knee and failed to keep playing, and his coach replaced him with Salim Ali who took Abdullah Musa place in the left defensive side.
Al Jazira players refused to give up and they converted this negative factors into positive motivations, the attacking movements became more organized and direct as they were fighting to equalize the score or at least reduce it before the first half ends, and they get what they want as Ali Mabkhout managed to score the first goal for the home team (37).
Mabkhout and his teammates kept digging in Al Wasl Defensive walls by attacking and defending collectively as they prevented Al Wasl from using his numerical advantage to add more goals, and after 4 added minutes, the first half ended with 1:2 for the guests.
The second half started with no changes in the squad, and Al Jazira maintained his superiority over Al Wasl and after only 3 minutes, Ricardo Oliveira scored the equalizer after a great assist from Mabkhout and gave his team a well deserve draw at 48th minute.
In the following minutes Al Jazira players gave a football lesson in defending and attacking collectively, but the physical and mental fatigue they suffered because the numerical difference and high temperature and humidity grades denied them from reaching their opponents goal, and it helped Al Wasl to add the third and winner goal by Fahd Hadeed in the 65th minute.
Luis Milla injected a fresh blood in the team when he substituted Gumaa Abdullah with Yasir Matar (73); the team created some goal scoring chances during the last 15 minutes from set pieces outside penalty area, but the result remained as it is until referee Yaqub Yousif ended the match with Al Jazira losing by 2 goals to 3 for Al Wasl.