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All eyes were on Diego Maradona but double champions Al Jazira quelled a fightback from Al Wasl to win 4-3 in their opening fixture of the Etisalat Cup at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Thursday night.

By (James Jose)

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Published: Fri 16 Sep 2011, 10:45 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:17 AM

Wasl’s Argentine recruit Mariano Donda scored a hat-trick to level it at 3-3 but substitute Bare got the match-winner for Al Jazira in the third minute of injury time.

Jazira coach Franky Vercauteren went in with Ricardo Oliveira and National team captain Subait Khater, with Brazilian Bare, who has been off colour in recent times, on the bench. Al Wasl were the first to have a look at goal in the 10th minute but Mariano Donda attempt from long range went over the crossbar. But it was Al Jazira who went ahead through a penalty. Mohammed Abdullah brought down Ricardo Oliveira inside the box and referee Ali Hamad Albadawi pointed to the spot and Jazira captain Ibrahim Diaky made no mistake with the penalty.

Al Wasl could have levelled it in the 21st minute when Hamad Al Hosani, who broke the offside trap, had just the goalkeeper Khalid Essa to beat, after a neat pass from Donda. But Hosani’s try was blocked by goalkeeper Essa. In the 25th minute, Ahmed Jumaa made a goalline save of Al Wasl’s Mohammed Abdullah after a corner. Two minutes later though, Al Wasl opened their account through their Argentine import Mariano Donda, who fired his superb freekick home. Jazira responded to that through their Argentine attacking playmaker Matias Delgado, who conjured up a freekick which had class written all over it. Ricardo Oliveira was brought down by Wasl’s Waheed Ismail just outside the box and Delgado sent his swerving freekick into the goal to help Jazira take the lead in the 29th minute.

And they made it 3-1 in the 36th minute through Oliveira who made a solo after a long ball from defender Lucas Neill, got past goalkeeper Majed Naser and slotted it home. Jazira could have added a fourth, three minutes before half-time but Ibrahim Diaky’s shot hit the left upright. Wasl reduced the margin after the break with Donda getting his second. Wasl’s Hassan Ali’s shot from inside the box hit Subait Khater’s hand and the referee awarded them a penalty. Donda made no mistake from the spot.

Al Wasl were denied a third by the woodwork with Juan Olivera’s attempt hitting the right upright. With less than half hour to go for the whistle, Vercauteren brought in Bare for Ahmed Jumaa. Wasl leveled it in the 73rd minute with Donda getting his hat-trick. Jazira goalkeeper was airborne but had no chance against Donda’s screamer.

Wasl came close to taking the lead in the 79th minute but Juan Olivera’s try hit the woodwork again. In the third minute of four minutes of injury time, Bare finally put his hand up by getting the match-winner. The Brazilian headed home a Matias Delgado corner.

Team (Probable)

Al Jazira: Khalid Essa, Lucas Neill, Juma Abdulla, Ahmed Jumaa, Abdulla Qasem, Ibrahim Diaky, Saleh Abdulla Basheer, Matias Delgado, Khalid Sabeel, Subait Khater, Ricardo Oliveira. Substitutes: Khalid Saif Al Sinani, Abdulsalam Jumaa, Bare, Sami Rubaiya, Abdulraheem Jumaa, Abdulla Mousa, Salem Masoud. Coach: Franky Vercauteren.

Al Wasl: Majed Naser, Hassan Ali, Waheed Ismail, Essa Ali, Mariano Donda, Darwish Ahmed, Edson Puch, Juan Olivera, Hamad Al Hosani, Mohammed Abdullah, Yaser Salem. Substitutes: Yousuf Faisal, Tariq Hassan, Fahed Masoud, Mubarak Hassan, Amer Mubarak, Ali Mohammed Abdelrahman, Hassan Yousuf. Coach: Diego Maradona.

Referee: Ali Hamad Albadwawi.

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