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Al Jazira Surrenders Their Lead And Draws With Al Wahda

Abu Dhabi: 22 March 2014
Al Jazira slipped a wide lead over their guests Al Wahda and draws with them with 3 goals, when they hosted them in Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium at Saturday the 22nd of March as part of the 20th round of the Arabian Gulf League.
Coach Walter Zenga started the match with Ali Khaseif; Khalid Sabil, Musallem Fayez, Jumaa Abdullah, Abdullah Musa; Salim Ali, Jucilei Da Silva, Khamis Ismail; Abdulaziz Barrada, Ahmed Al Ghilani and Ali Mabkhout. The substitutes were: Khalid Al Senani, Salim Masoud, Hassan Amin, Subait Khater, Sultan Barghash, Abdullah Qasem and Felipe Caicedo.
Al Jazira created their first scoring chance in the 3rd minute when the referee awarded Jucilei Da Silva free kick in front of the penalty area, but Abudllah Musa shot the ball away.
Al Jazira put themselves in front before the 10th minute when Jucilei get passed 2 players and exchanged the ball with Ali Mabkhout, who sent it to Barrada, and the latter put Ahmed Al Ghilani in front of the keeper, and made it easy to the youngster to score the first goal.
In the 22nd minute, Damian Diaz locked Barrada shot with his hand inside the forbidden area, and the referee didn’t hesitate to award Al Jazira penalty kick, converted successfully inside the goal by Barrada.
The Moroccan put Al Ghilani in front of the goal but the youngster didn’t reach the ball at time; but in the 43rd minute Al Ghilani made it up for that wasted chance when he received Mabkhout through pass and get passed the keeper and put the ball behind him to give Al Jazira the 3rd goal by the end of the first half of the derby match.
Al Wahda came out all guns blazing in the second half as Ali Khaseif had to use two strong hands to beat away Hamdan Al Kamali’s fierce shot from long range in the 51st minute, and seconds later Eissa Santo had the ball in the back of the net as Al Wahda tried to claw their way back into the game but it was ruled out for offside. 
In the 58th minute the visitors did manage to pull a goal back as captain Ismaeil Matar skipped past Musallem Fayez to score, giving his side hope of a recovery on the cards. 
Five minutes later Eissa Santo reduced the deficit further for a rejuvenated Al Wahda side, beating the offside trap to run onto Ismaeil Matar’s pass and slide the ball through Ali Khaseif’s legs to make it 3-2. 
But Al Jazira wouldn’t surrender an equaliser as in the 69th minute substitute Felipe Caicedo made an instant impact after coming on for Ali Mabkhout, collecting a cross from the right in his feet after Hamdan Al Kamali failed to clear, and pinging a finish into the far corner to get Al Jazira back in the driving seat at 4-2. 
Two minutes later Al Wahda were reduced to 10 men when Adel Abdulla given his marching orders for a second yellow card after a rash challenge on Barrada, but in the 78th minute Al Jazira’s lead was cut yet again as Sebastian Tagliabue turned Ismaeil Matar’s cross-come-shot in from close range to score his 16th League goal of the season and make it 4-3 in a breathless game. 
But the drama was still not over as in the first minute of injury time Eissa Santo popped up to net his second, beating Ali Khaseif to the ball in the air and heading home an equaliser at 4-4.
With this draw Al Jazira raised their credit to the 36th point, and kept their 3rd position in the league table until the end of this round.