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Al Jazira Puts The First 3 Points In Their Asian Credit

Abu Dhabi: 25 February 2014
Al Jazira started their first 3 points in the Asian credit after they beat their Qatari guests Al Rayyan with 3 goals two, when they hosted them in Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium at the evening of Tuesday the 25th of February, as part of the first week of the group stage matches of AFC Champions League.
Walter Zenga started the match with Ali Khaseif; Khalid Sabil, Musallem Fayez, Jumaa Abdullah, Abdullah Musa; Hyngmin Shin, Jucilei Da Silva, Khamis Ismail; Abdulalziz Barrada, Ali Mabkhout and Felipe Caicedo. The substitutes were: Khalid Al Senani, Salim Masoud, Hassan Amin, Subait Khater, Abdullah Qasem, Sultan Barghash and Ahmed Rabee.
It took Al Jazira only two minutes to break the dead lock and go on front, when Abdullah Musa led a quick attack from the left side and breached into the box and pass the ball to Barrada, who escaped his defender and sent it to Felipe Caicedo, who shot it strongly behind the keeper to give Al Jazira their first goal.
After only 5 minutes, the same above trio gave Al Jazira their second goal; Musa go front again and sent the ball Caicedo who shot in the keeper body and the ball bounced to find Barrada who struck it inside the goal in the 8th minute.
Al Jazira controlled the remaining of the first half and denied their guests from all their attempts to reach Ali Khaseif goal, and after 4 extra minutes, the referee ended this half with Al Jazira in front with two goals.
In the start of the the second half Al Jazira squander two good chances to go three clear as Barrada’s shot was saved in a one-on-one with Al Rayyan’s goalkeeper, and Ali Mabkhout’s teasing cross went to waste. 
Al Rayyan began to claw their way back into the contest as Lucho Gonzalez reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 59th minute, but it was young Al Jazira star Ahmad Al Ghilani who put the result beyond doubt in the 73rd minute as he scored to make it 3-1 from a corner. 
The hosts endured a nervy close to the game as Al Rayyan again found the net in the 90th minute to make it 3-2 through Kalu Uche, but Al Jazira held on to take all three points.
With this victory, Al Jazira put the first 3 points in their Asian credit, and took the group leadership with Al Shabab, who won their match against Iranian Esteghlal with only one goal.