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  • Fri 14 Dec 2018, 19 : 30 - Arabian Gulf League

Victorious Trip for Al Jazira to Bani Yas

Al Shamkha: 19 December 2013
The Pride of Abu Dhabi came back from their trip to Al Shamkha city with a well-deserved victory, achieved with the great performance of all the players, and the smart intervention and decision from their coach, and by 2 goals scored by the brilliant youngster Ahmed Rabee.
Water Zenga selected in his startup squad each of Ali Khaseif, Musallem Fayez, Jumma Abdullah, Khalid Sabil, Abdullah Musa, Yasir Matar, Hyung Min Chin, Sultan Barghash, Abdelaziz Barrada, Ahmed Rabee and Ricardo Oliveira. The substitutes were Khalid Al Senani, Ali Aameri, Sultan Al Suwaidi, Subait Khater, Khalfan Mubarak, Ahmed Al Attas and Ali Mabkhout.
Nelson Valdez missed the match due to suspension, and the trio Khamis Ismail, Yaqub Al Hosani and Salim Masoud missed it for injuries. 
The first half saw early attempts from Ricardo Oliveira and Abdelaziz Barrada as Al Jazira tried to nick an early lead, and the attacking pressure from the visitors almost paid off in the 16th minute as Barrada’s cross was palmed away by Mohsin Al Hashmi, but Ricardo Oliveira was caught off-balance and unable to follow up on the rebound. 
Barrada and Oliveira had further chances before Al Jazira finally found a way through just after half an hour of action. Yaser Matar found space on the right and crossed into the danger zone for Ahmad Al Ghilani to score his first Arabian Gulf League goal with a precise finish in the 32nd minute. 
Al Jazira’s 1-0 lead lasted just seconds, as Bani Yas hit back immediately with an equaliser as Argentinian attacker Luis Farina netted his 6th of the League season, hooking the ball in with his right foot at the back post after Nawaf Mubarak’s corner kick sailed through a sea of bodies in the area to make it all square again at 1-1 in the 33rd minute.
The second half began with the exuberant Al Ghilani bursting through and clashing with Bani Yas goalkeeper as Al Jazira looked to regain a quick lead after the break, and in the 51st minute Al Jazira midfielder Yaser Matar saw his low-struck free kick saved down to Al Hashmi’s right. 
Al Jazira got themselves ahead again as 18-year-old Al Ghilani made it a double, turning home Barrada’s cross after Mohsin Al Hashmi spilled Abdullah Mousa’s long-range shot to put the visitors 2-1 in front in the 59th minute. 
Munoz again tried to hit back quickly, forcing a reaction save from Ali Khaseif in the 62nd minute, but Al Jazira were not about to sit back and introduced fresh firepower in the form of fit-again Ali Mabkhout, who entered the fray in the 65th minute replacing Sultan Barghash. Mabkhout had the ball in the back of the net in the 72nd minute but the referee’s whistle had already gone for a free kick against the Al Jazira striker, so his effort didn’t count. 
Walter Zenga brought on centre-back Ali Al Ameri in place of striker Ricardo Oliveira in a bid to hold onto their narrow lead, and the move worked as Al Jazira confirmed their 2-1 victory after four minutes of added time.
This victory gave Al Jazira their 19th league point; the team climbed the table and reached the 4th place, but temporarily until the end of this round matches.