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BANI YAS 2:2 AL JAZIRA. The Match Summary

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uae.agleague.ae: 24 Oct. 2015
 
Bani Yas fought back from two goals down to claim an entertaining 2-2 draw against Al Jazira in Round 6 of the Arabian Gulf League, keeping their unbeaten start to the season intact. Park Jong Woo and Mirko Vucinic had given the visitors the lead at the Baniyas Stadium, but Ishak Belfodil and Joaquin Larrivey were on target yet again to earn a point. The result means Bani Yas stay 3rd in the table with 12 points, whilst Al Jazira have 8 points in 7th. 
 
The hosts started brightly, with early chances for Joaquin Larrivey and Ishak Belfodil saved by Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif, but in the 12th minute it was the visitors who opened the scoring with a flowing move started by Ali Mabkhout, transitioning through Mirko Vucinic, and being finished off by Park Jong Woo to take a 1-0 lead. By the 18th minute it was 2-0; Jefferson Farfan curling a teasing low cross into the area for Mirko Vucinic to tap home from close range. Ali Mabkhout could have added another just before half time, but the UAE striker sent his header from Thiago Neves’ centre flying over the crossbar, as the advantage remained two goals at the break.
 
Bani Yas thought they had hit back instantly after the restart, but the effort didn’t stand as Fawaz Awana used his hand in an attempt to score, earning himself a booking in the process. Joaquin Larrivey also saw a penalty claim waved away, and Yousef Jaber’s 56th-minute shot missed the target by a minor margin as Luis Garcia’s men attempted desperately to claw their way back into the game, but 2 minutes later they managed just that; Ishak Belfodil nodding in from close range after an attempted header from Fawaz Awana, to cut the score to 2-1. Two key saves then followed in quick succession; Bani Yas half-time substitute goalkeeper Adel Abubaker preventing two certain goals from Jefferson Farfan and Ali Mabkhout, and in the 67th minute Bani Yas pulled back level as Royson Drenthe benefitted from Saif Khalfan’s missed clearance to drill the ball low across the face of goal, where Joaquin Larrivey arrived to equalise with a close-range strike into the roof of the net at 2-2. Goalkeeper Adel Abubaker continued to make a name for himself with another crucial double save to deny substitute Ahmed Rabeya, ensuring a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.