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Gyan fires brace as Al Ain blank Dubai
James Jose / 7 February 2014
Defending champions Al Ain were slow to start off with before turning on the style against Dubai FC in the Arabian Gulf League at the Dubai FC Stadium.
Al Ain blanked Dubai FC 3-0 with Ghanian Asamoah Gyan scoring a brace and Belgian-Moroccan striker Yassine El Ghanassy, on loan from Gent, getting onto an UAE scoresheet for the first time.
Their seventh win, in an early kick-off on Thursday evening, vaulted the Garden City Club from ninth to fifth, although the top three—Al Ahli, Al Jazira and Al Shabab have played a game less. The victory comes on the back of a win over Al Nasr which helped them enter the prestigious President’s Cup final. Quique Sanchez Flores’ men have 27 points from 17 games.
Meanwhile, Dubai FC are right at the bottom of the table and they fight off relegation fears with nine games remaining. Dubai FC have just nine points after suffering a 12th loss.
Elsewhere, at the Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Stadium in Al Dhafrah, Al Dhafrah and Al Sharjah were involved in a 2-2 draw.
It was Dubai FC who started well after forcing a corner as well as another attempt in the opening minutes of the fixture. But Gilles Yapi-Yapo couldn’t make it count.
Five minutes on, Al Ain had their first look through Alex Brosque but Dubai FC goalkeeper and captain Jamal Ali just about managed to thwart the Australian’s left-footed effort. Ahmed Al Shamisi, positioned on the right, pounced on the rebound and set it up for Gyan. But Jamal Ali recovered well to collect Gyan’s goal-bound shot.
Al Ain found their fluency and broke the deadlock on 18 minutes through Asamoah Gyan. Brosque sprinted down the right and unleashed an inch-perfect curler and Gyan popped up perfectly to head it home.
Dubai FC mounted a challenge on 29 minutes but Jehad Hussain’s dangerous effort from the right was pushed away by goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.
Al Ain went on the counter and should have added the second when Yassine El Ghanassy burst down the left with a defender hot on his heels. He made his way into the box but contrived to fire it straight into Jamal Ali. It was good run but ended with a really poor finish.
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