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Al Jazira Slips 2 Points by 2-2 Draw with Dubai

Abu Dhabi: 30 October 2013
Al Jazira surrendered their 2 goals lead and contented with only 1 points with their visitors Dubai, in the match that ended with 2 goals for each and played in Al Nahyan stadium at Wednesday 30 October, as part of sixth round matches of the Arabian Gulf League.
The Italian coach make several changes in the team squad for his appearance as Al Jazira coach, he choose Ali Khaseif, Abdullah Musa, Jumaa Abdullah, the new face Ali Al Ameri and Musallem Fayez as right full back, and Subait Khater, Yasir Matar, Hyung Min Chin and Abdelaziz Barrada in the midfield, and the attacking duo consisted of Ricardo Oliveira and Nelson Valdez. The team missed in this match the injured Salim Masoud, Yaqub Al Hosani and Khalid Sabil, and the suspended Khamis Ismail.
Zenga had to wait less than two minutes to see his new side take the lead, as captain Ricardo Oliveira controlled a ball from Subait Khater on his heel before stroking a composed right-footed finish across goal to put Al Jazira 1-0 up almost straight from the kick-off. 
Dubai didn’t allow the floodgates to open though, and attempted to hit back in the 17th minute as Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif had to be at full stretch to tip over an effort from distance by Gilles Yapi-Yapo. A minute later Al Jazira almost doubled their lead as Ali Al Ameri sent his instinctive flick-on from a corner just over the crossbar, but the centre-back, making his first appearance of the season, couldn’t mark it with a goal. 
Just before the half-hour mark Dubai were wasteful with a free kick in a dangerous position, as Hassan Abdelrahman missed the target with his set piece on the edge of the area. 
The visitors created chances but couldn’t find a way through as Ali Khaseif rushed out to make an important stop from Dubai’s Brazilian striker Bruno Cesar in the 34th minute, but three minutes later they found themselves further behind. A lovely through-ball from Nelson Valdez split Dubai’s defense as Abdelaziz Barrada ran onto it, and though the Moroccan’s initial shot was saved by Dubai goalkeeper Jamal Abdallah, the rebound rather fortuitously fell to Barrada again and trickled into the net off the Moroccan playmaker’s shin to make it 2-0 in the 36th minute. 
Moments before the half-time break, Paraguayan striker Nelson Valdez suffered an injury and Ali Mabkhout was readied to take his place in the  with an on-pitch warm-up at half time. 

Mabkhout  replaced Valdez at the start of the second half, Dubai also made a half-time change to bring on Malian striker Dramane Traore in place of Esam Darwish. 
Dubai put Al Jazira under pressure for the first fifteen minutes after the interval, but Al Jazira’s defense stood strong with Ali Al Ameri making a particularly crucial and well-timed tackle in the box. On the hour mark, substitute Ali Mabkhout finally got sight of goal and flashed a powerful left-footer just past the post. 
Dubai continued to threaten, however, with substitute Dramane Traore making an impact and hitting the post with a header. Moments later Traore got on the scoresheet as the Malian striker converted pass from close range, making it 2-1 in the 66th minute. 
With the visitors in the ascendency, they found themselves on level terms in the 74th minute as influential substitute Dramane Traore cut back for Gilles Yapi-Yapo to pull the trigger and squeeze a shot under the body of Ali Khaseif from distance to make it 2-2. 
Khaseif had to be alert to come out of goal and block from Traore seven minutes from time as Al Jazira were the ones clinging on for a point, having previously been in the driving seat for all three. 
In the 88th minute Ali Mabkhout went agonizingly close to making it 3-2 for the hosts but Jamal Abdallah saved his first shot and the follow-up effort was wide. Dubai had a chance in injury time to win it but Ali Khaseif prevented Bruno Cesar from completing the turnaround.
With this draw Al Jazira reached the ninth point from six matches, with 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat.