Wahda edge past Al Ain

DUBAI - A last minute strike by Hassan Amin earned Al Wahda a well-deserved 1-0 victory over traditional rivals Al Ain in the group stage of the Etisalat Cup at the Tahnoon bin Mohammed Stadium in Al Ain City on Friday. The Maroons have also secured a berth in the last four of the prestigious competition.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Sun 23 Jan 2011, 12:51 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:13 PM

Front runners Al Ain were already in the last four of the tournament after having collected 18 points to stay at the top of the table as Al Wahda finished second with 17 points

In another clash, Al Dhafra beat Dubai 1-0 at the Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium in the western region but failed to advance to the semifinals after collecting only 15 points from ten starts.

Al Ain and Al Wahda from Group A will line up against the leaders of Group B Al Wasl and Al Shabab according to the order in which they will finish after their Friday’s respective clashes in the final round of the group stage.

Meanwhile, Al Nasr came from behind to reverse their early 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 victory over hosts Bani Yas at the Al Shamkha Stadium in Bani Yas. Both sides have already bowed out and they were only playing for pride.

The preliminary stage will be concluded on Friday with three games in Group “B”. The outcome of the said clashes will have no bearing on the overall standings of the teams. Both Al Wasl and Al Shabab have reached the semifinals after they have achieved positive results last weekend. They have finished first and second respectively but this order may be changed depending on the results to be achieved by the two sides. The others will play for pride. Al Shabab will host Al Jazira at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai, Al Ahli will face Ittihad Kalba at the Rashid Stadium, while Al Wasl entertain Sharjah at Zabeel Stadium in Dubai. All three games will kick off at 6:40pm.

However, most of the clubs are missing some of their key players who are either engaged with the senior national team in their unsuccessful 2011 Doha AFC Asian Cup campaign.

Meanwhile, the senior football national team touched down at the Dubai International Airport on Thursday evening and the players will take some rest before the rescheduling of the second part of the pro-league.


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