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Al Jazira Says the Last Word in the 7 Goals Derby

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Abu Dhabi: 23 November 2013
 
Al Jazira won Abu Derby over their host Al Wahda with 4 goals to 3, in the match that played at Al Nahyan Stadium at Saturday 23rd of November, as part of the 7th round matches of the Arabian Gulf League.
 
Walter Zenga relied on a startup line consisted of Ali Khaseif, Abdullah Qasim, Ali Al Ameri, Musallem Fayez, Abdullah Musa, Hyung Min Chin, Subait Khater, Khamis Ismail, Abdelaziz Barrada, Ahmed Rabee and Ali Mabkhout. The reserves were Khalid Al Senani, Khalid Sabil, Khalid Butti, Sultan Al Suwaidi, Khalfan Mubarak and Nelson Valdez.
 
Ricardo Oliveira missed the match for suspension; also the the injured duo Salim Masoud and Yaqub Al Hosani; and Yasir Matar for the sad demise of his biggest brother.
 
Ali Mabkhout scored one of the fastest goals of this season league, he received Barrada pass, get rid of his marker and put the goal on the right angle of Al Wahda keeper and gave Al Jazira their first goal in the 26 second.
 
The home team didn’t take too much time to cancel that fast goal, as Sebastian used Abdullah Musa bad clearance and shot on the right of Ali Khaseif to equalize the score in the 3rd minute.
 
Mabkhout decided to return the gift to Barrada, he send a smart pass from the left side of the penalty kick toward the Moroccan who put it with one touch behind Al Hosani and put his time in front again in the 7th minute.
 
The play rhythm fastened quickly in the following minutes, the enthusiastic Ahmed Rabee committed a foul just outside the penalty area but Estrada didn’t used it well; Khamis Ismail get a yellow card on the 11th minute, then Rabee committed the same foul again and Diaz shot has been reflected by the human wall to a corner kick.
 
The rhythm slowed down as the first half hour passed, Abdullah Al Nubi received a yellow card after a reckless tackle on Subait Khater on 33rd minute. 
 
Al Jazira has a chance to add their third goal with a free kick from a close range, but Subait shot went outside to the corner, then Diza from Al Wahda received a booking after he violently pushed Ali Al Ameri without the ball.
 
Al Wahda players increased their attacking rush as they were desperate to equalize the score before they leave to the dressing round, but the fourth goal was about to be for Al Jazira when Mabkhout faced Al Wahda keeper but he shot the ball at his body.
 
Ali Al Ameri was very close to compensate that easy chance but his header has been cleared by the fingertips of Adel Al Hosani. After 4 added minutes, the referee ended the first half with Al Jazira leading by 2 goals to 1.


After the start of the second half with 5 minutes, Sebastian Tagliabue beat Ali Khaseif in an aerial challenge to equalise at 2-2, with Ali Al Ameri unable to stop the ball from crossing the line as it bounced off the underside of the crossbar. Walter Zenga was sent off for his protestations in the aftermath of the goal and had to watch the remainder of the match from the stands. 
 
In the 56th minute the visitors were in front once more as Barrada scored his second and Al Jazira’s third. Subait Khater’s free kick was palmed away by Adel Al Hosani but the Moroccan midfielder was in position to thrash a left-footed strike home from a tight angle, making it 3-2. 
 
The hosts scored the equalizer on the hour mark when Khamis Ismail tripped Damian Diaz in the box to concede a penalty, and it was Sebastian Tagliabue who stepped up to take it, sending Ali Khaseif the wrong way to score his hat-trick and make it 3-3. 
 
Al Jazira tried to get ahead in the game again, a double substitution saw Nelson Valdez and Sultan Barghash enter the fray with 20 minutes remaining. In the 77th minute Al Wahda could have seized the lead but Ali Khaseif’s strong hand stopped substitute Suhail Al Mansoori’s effort, and immediately at the other end Al Jazira went close but Ali Mabkhout ended up in the back of the net instead of the ball. 
 
In the 81st minute Mabkhout’s header was stopped on the line by Al Wahda defender Mahmoud Khamis, but there was still time for some more late drama. 
 
After the referee added 4 extra minutes, the substitute Khalid Sabill flashed a low cross into the area from the left and substitute Nelson Valdez timed his run to beat the offside trap and tap home a dramatic late winner at 4-3.
 
This victory gave Al Jazira their 12th point and put them in the 4th place of the league table before the match between Al Ahli and Al Ain in the following day.