Al Shabab 3 : 7 Al Jazira. AGL. The Match Summary

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uae.agleague.ae: 3 December 2016
 
A super-hat-trick from Ali Mabkhout stole the show in an extraordinary ten-goal thriller resulting in a 7-3 win for Al Jazira at 10-man Al Shabab in Round 10 of the Arabian Gulf League, taking the UAE striker up to an astonishing total of 14 goals in 9 League appearances this season. The result meanwhile temporarily puts Al Jazira top of the table with 23 points - one ahead of Al Wasl, who are yet to play this round - whilst Al Shabab remain on 18 points in 3rd place after an unlikely capitulation at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, despite seeing a hat-trick from Tomas de Vincenti.
 
Within just 8 minutes Al Jazira were ahead as Salim Rashid's cross from deep was tucked away by Ali Mabkhout, who had stepped up just enough to perfectly evade the offside trap and net his 11th League goal of the season. Al Shabab were dealt another early blow as full-back Manei Mohamed was forced off with injury after just 21 minutes, with Fahad Khalfan coming on in his place, and less than two minutes later the visitors had doubled their lead to 2-0 as the hosts' defence was sliced apart. A miscontrol from Hassan Ibrahim in defensive midfield allowed Mabhout this time to turn provider, latching onto the loose ball and putting through Khalfan Mubarak for a composed finish in the 23rd minute.
 
Things quickly went from bad to worse as Al Shabab appeared to crumble by the 25th minute; this time Khalfan Mubarak returning the favour for Ali Mabkhout to net his second and his team's third of the game to cruise into a 3-0 lead, but in quite an extraordinary flurry of goals, Al Shabab pulled one back in the 27th minute as Tomas de Vincenti executed an excellent chip over the head of Ali Khaseif to restore an inkling of hope. But the task to mount a comeback was made even more unlikely in the 44th minute as defender Mohammed Ayed was shown a red card for bringing down Ali Mabkhout outside the area, leaving the hosts to chase the game with just 10 men for an entire half. In the aftermath of the resulting free kick, Al Jazira were awarded a penalty as Luvannor was adjudged to have tripped the lively Khalfan Mubarak, but Ali Mabkhout uncharacteristically missed his chance to complete a first-half hat-trick as his spot kick was saved by Salem Abdulla right before the half-time whistle.
 
There was to be little respite for the hosts in the second half, as Ali Mabkhout made amends for his penalty miss by tying up his hat-trick in the 54th minute, sticking out a leg to turn home a Khalfan Mubarak corner to make it 4-1. In the 70th minute Tomas de Vincenti netted a double of his own, cutting the deficit slightly for the 10 men to 4-2, but just two minutes later it was 5-2 as Khalfan Mubarak once again proved instrumental, crossing for Mubarak Boussoufa to ripple the back of Salem Abdulla's net for the fifth time. By the 80th minute Ali Mabkhout had added another feather to his cap, clipping Ahmed Rabeya's cross over the line to score his super-hat-trick and make 6-2, but the scoring was not over yet as defender Fares Juma added his name to the list in the 88th minute to go 7-2 up, whilst Tomas de Vincenti completed his personal hat-trick in injury time to end the game with a 7-3 scoreline.