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  • Fri 21 Dec 2018, 19 : 30 - Arabian Gulf Cup

Al Jazira reaches UAE League CUP Final

Abu Dhabi: 15 March 2014
Al Jazira reached the final match of UAE League Cup after they beat Al Dhafra in the semifinal by penalties, after the match ended with 2 goals for each team.
Musa and Barrada scored for Al Jazira, and in the penalties, Ali Khaseif saved two shots to lead his team to the final, which will be in Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain city, against Al Ahli.
Coach Walter Zenga started the match with Ali Khaseif; Khalid Sabil, Musallem Fayez, Jumaa Abdullah, Abdullah Musa; Hyungmin Shin, Jucilei Da Silva, Khamis Ismail; Abdulaziz Barrada, Ahmed Al Ghilani and Ali Mabkhout. The substitutes were: Khalid Al Senani, Salim Masoud, Salim Ali, Subait Khater, Sultan Barghash, Abdullah Qasem and Felipe Caicedo.
Al Jazira started the match possessing the ball, but Al Dhafra scored the first goal when Rogerio used the wrong clearance of Musallem Fayez and went one on one with Ali Khaseif, and put the goal behind him in the 8th minute.
Al Jazira went back to control the game, and created two clear chances to score the equalizer by Jucilei in the 10th minute and Al Ghilani at the 24th.
The last 15 minutes saw complete control from Al Jazira as they tried so hard to equalize it before heading to the dressing room, but Al Dhafra defenders who were crowded in their penalty area made it very difficult for Mabkhout and Rabee to reach the goal; and after 2 extra minutes, the referee ended this half with Al Jazira training by one goal.
Zenga made an attacking substitution at half-time to replace Juma Abdullah with winger Abdulla Qasem. Al Dhafra meanwhile were forced into an unplanned substitution after an hour, as goalkeeper Mohammad Ghuloom injured himself blocking a shot from Abdulla Qasem and had to be replaced between the sticks by Abdulla Sultan. 
Al Jazira finally found the equaliser they had been searching for, and in quite some style as left-back Abdullah Mousa launched a stunning left-footed strike from distance to equalise at 1-1 in the 67th minute. But Al Dhafra didn’t let their heads drop and regained their lead in the 78th minute.
Khaseif made a flying save to turn Saif Mohamed’s strike behind for a corner as Al Dhafra streamed forward in an attempt to further secure their 2-1 lead. 
After Mohammad Ghuloom’s lengthy spell of treatment at the start of the half, 10 minutes of injury time were signaled by the fourth official at the end of the game. The drama was not over as in the 9th minute of stoppage time substitute goalkeeper Abdulla Sultan’s punch fell to Al Jazira’s Moroccan midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada, who hit a right-footed volley into the net to snatch a late 2-2 equaliser and send the match to be decided in a penalty shoot-out. 
Khaseif saved two penalties and each of Barrada, Caicedo, Mabkhout and Shin scored to lead their team to the final match.