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Al Jazira Wins the Derby with Three goals over Al Ain

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Abu Dhabi: 7 November 2013 
 
With two goals from the brilliant Brazilian Ricardo Oliveira and another one from Yasir Matar, Al Jazira won Abu Dhabi derby over Al Ain with 3 goals to 1, in the match that held in Al Nahyan Stadium at Thursday the 7th of November, as part of the sixth round of the UAE League Cup.
 
Al Jazira missed in this match Ali Khaseif, Khamis Ismail and Ali Mabkhout who are in national duty, and the injured Salim Masoud, Yaqub Al Hosani, Khalid Sabil and Nelson Valdez. So Walter Zenga started the match with Khalid Al Senani, Sultan Al Suwaidi, Musallem Fayez, Ali Al Ameri, Abdullah Musa, Subait Khater, Hyung Min Chin, Abdelaziz Barrada, Sultan Barghash, Ahmed Rabee and Ricardo Oliveira.
 
The team created their first scoring chance at the 4th minute when Oliveira received Barrada smart pass and faced Al Ain goalkeeper, but the latter used his feet to block his shot. Then the team created the second consecutive chance at the 8th min. with a free kick shot by Subait Khater directly in the goalkeeper hands.
 
Barrada kept creating chances for his teammates, he sent a low cross to inside the penalty area and founded Subait Khater who shot it strongly and Dawoud was at the right time and place to deny Al Jazira their second opportunity.
 
The high pressure of Al Jazira players during the first minute was continuous, forced Fares Gumma to commit and strong foul on Oliveira, and forced the referee to show him the yellow card on the 23rd minute. Oliveira left the pitch to get medical treatment and went back directly to join his teammates in their search for the opening goal.
 
On contrary of the match events, Ibrahima Diaky reached the net of his old team when he received Asamoah Gyan long pass, and used the misunderstanding between Fayez and Al Suwaidi and put the goal behind Al Senani. At the 35th minute.
 
Al Jazira first attempts to equalize the score came when Ahmed Rabee used Barghash pass to face the goalkeeper, but he lost his cool and waste the ball at the 40th minute.
 
Then the greatest chances to score the equalizer created for Oliveira who shot directly the ball he received from Barrada but his ball went over the post by inches; then the Brazilian received a yellow card for discussing the referee decisions. After 2 added minutes, the referee ended the first half with Al Jazira trailing behind by one goal.




After the start of the second half with 5 minutes, Al Ain were looking to extend their lead as Asamoah Gyan’s shot stung the palms of Khalid Al Sinani, who held onto the ball at the second attempt. 
 
In the 53rd minute Romanian midfielder Mirel Radoi’s rasping strike from all of 40 yards had Al Sinani leaping to turn it behind for a corner, and at the other end Al Jazira were wasteful with a number of set piece deliveries in promising areas. In the 68th minute Radoi fancied his chances again, this time taking a free kick in a dangerous area and curling it just past the post. 
 
In the 74th minute Radoi again attempted to launch one from distance but Al Jazira defender Ali Al Ameri put his body on the line to block the shot at the edge of the area. 
 
Two substitutions by Walter Zenga had an instant impact on the game as the fresh legs of Khalfan Mubarak and Hamad Al Hosani gave the hosts some extra pace in attack, and in the 78th minute they mounted great pressure on Al Ain as Abdelaziz Barrada demonstrated his skills down the left before the ball made its way to Ricardo Oliveira, with the Brazilian drawing a fingertip save from Dawoud Sulaiman. 
 
A minute later Al Jazira were rewarded for their ramped up efforts as Oliveira hit a delightful equalizer, striking a trademark left-footed shot across goal and in at the far corner. 
 
In a frenetic finish to the match, Asamoah Gyan went within whiskers of regaining the lead again as he just missed the target in the 82nd minute, and in a dramatic turnaround Ricardo Oliveira was the hero once again as Al Jazira surged into an 85th minute lead. Al Ain were caught out by some route one football as a long ball left Dawoud Sulaiman out of position, and Al Jazira’s Brazilian striker controlled and slotted home into an empty net to make it 2-1. 
 
Al Jazira completed a comprehensive turnaround with the final kick of the game as Yaser Matar’s low set piece squeezed through the wall and into the net, giving Al Jazira a 3-1 victory.
 
With these 3 points, Al Jazira reached the second place in group A with 9 goals from 4 matches, with only 1 point behind Al Sharjah the leader. In the next round, Al Jazira will play against the 3rd place team Ajman, who is 2 points behind in the cup table.