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Etihad Kalba 0:2 Al Jazira. President Cup. Match Summary

www.uaefa.ae: 26 December 2016
Defending Champions Al Jazira edged Itihad kalba 2-0 to start their title defence campaign in the President’s Cup on a winning note at the Maktoum bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday. Ahmad Al Hashmi and Ali Mabkhout scored a goal apiece for the winners after both teams went into the breather tied 0-0.
The first half was mainly confined to the midfield but either sides had their share of chances. Mabkhout could have provided Al Jazira the breakthrough soon after the first quarter, had he beaten the lone Kalba goalkeeper but his grounder was way off target. Kalba also had their chances but their forwards couldn’t make the most of the releases provided by their star Brazilian Ciel.
Al Jazira finally managed to break the deadlock after the switch over in the 59th minute. Al Hashmi rose high enough on time to nod home a free-kick from Mbark Boussoufa.
Ciel almost drew level for Kalba immediately from a free-kick. The ball dipped in sharply but an alert Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif did well to tip it over the crossbar. Then a long ranger attempt from Ciel missed the right corner of the goal by inches.
However, with Mabkhout capitalising on a defensive lapse to make it 2-0, it was virtually all over for Kalba. Left unmarked, the national team striker responded well to a through and despite having his back to the goal, showed a deft touch to leave a defender rooted before finding the back of the goal with a neat placement.