Kabi hat-trick leaves Al Wahda stunned

Al Wahda suffered back-to-back defeats going down to relegation-threatened Al Dhafra in the Etisalat UAE Pro-League at the Al Nahyan Stadium on Thursday night.



By James Jose

Published: Thu 23 Dec 2010, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:58 AM

The defending champions rallied from two goals down but had no answer to a hat-trick from Boris Kabi and went down 2-4. Ahmed Al Musaabi (33rd), Boris Kabi (36th, 81st and 88th) scored for Al Dhafra, while Ismail Matar (39th) and Fernando Baiano (61st) scored for Wahda.

It was Dhafra’s third win from 11 games although Wahda have played a game less.

Al Wahda had had a hectic month, having played in the FIFA Club World Cup and had finished sixth. Their return to the League saw them go down to Bani Yas 1-2. Defender Hamdan Al Kamali, who had missed that game due a suspension earned during the Club World Cup, returned for this game.

Wahda worked up some moves in the opening minutes through Fernando Baiano but couldn’t find a way through.

Wahda’s first threatening move came in the 15th minute but Baiano’s shot from close was blocked by a charging Dhafra goalkeeper Mohammed Al Tamimi after Mohammed Al Shehhi had fed him a perfect cross from the right.

Later, in the 20th minute, Mahmoud Al Hammadi’s freekick hit the left upright. Three minutes later, Ismail Matar saw his left-footer from inside the box just go wide of the far post and it seemed Wahda had the measure of Al Dhafra.

Al Dhafra though worked up some moves just before the half hour mark and drew first blood in the 33rd minute through Ahmed Al Musaabi. And they silenced the Wahda faithful by adding another three minutes later. Abass Lawal fired in a neat cross and Boris Kabi headed it past goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani. There was a backlash though from Wahda with Baiano almost coming close to reducing the margin in the very next minute. Mohammed Al Shehhi fed him with a beauty of a cross but Baiano fired it over the cross bar from close range.

They did not have to wait long though to reduce the margin with Ismail Matar scoring two minutes later after a defensive lapse by Dhafra. Khairi Al Hammadi tried to make a clearance but his header looped towards goal. Goalkeeper Mohammed Al Tamimi made a goalline clearance but fell into the goal, in the process. Matar fired it into an open goal.

Wahda upped it after the break and Ismail Matar came close to getting the equaliser five minutes after the restart but his try was blocked by the diving goalkeeper Mohammed Al Tamimi after a cross from Shehhi.

Wahda coach Josef Hickersberger brought in Saeed Al Kathiri for Abdulraheem Jumaa and Kathiri almost levelled it. Shehhi again fired in a beautiful cross from the right but Kathiri’s attempt was cleared by the defence for a corner.

And Wahda did nullify the deficit off the corner. The ball bounced off the goalkeeper Mohammed Al Tamimi and an unmarked Baiano slotted it into an open goal.

Wahda had to replace goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani after he was injured following a collision with Dhafra’s Boris Kabi in the 75th minute. Mutaz Al Abdulla, who came in for Adel Al Hosani, had missed the whole of last season after an injury in the first game. Hickersberger replaced the hard-working Shehhi with Amer Bazuhair. Dhafra broke the deadlock with Boris Kabi scoring his second goal in the 81st minute. He completed his hat-trick by firing it over goalkeeper Mutaz Abdulla.

Squads:

Al Wahda: Adel Al Hosani, Magrao, Mohammed Al Shehhi, Fernando Baiano, Ismail Al Junaibi, Talal Al Junaibi, Abdulraheem Jumaa, Mahmoud Al Hammadi, Eisa Al Marzouqi, Hamdan Al Kamali, Hugo. Substitutes: Mutaz Abdulla, Yaqoub Al Hosani, Omar Ali Ahmed, Saeed Al Kathiri, Khalid Al Marzouqi, Mubarak Al Mansoori, Amer Bazuhair. Coach: Josef Hickersberger.

Al Dhafra: Mohammed Al Tamimi, Abass Lawal, Khairi Al Hammadi, Mohammed Bani Hashim, Ahmed Al Musaabi, Hamad Al Hammadi, Adel Basulaiman, Gharib Al Kuwaiti, Boris Kabi, Mahmoud Awadh, Ali Al Saadi. Substitutes: Abdulbaset Al Hammadi, Ahmed Al Yassi, Hamad Al Hosani, Tawfeeq Al Hosani, Mohammed Al Saedi, Abdulla Al Kindi, Omran Al Hammadi. Coach: Alexandre Gulmaraes.

james@khaleejtimes.com


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