Jazira rally past Al Shaab

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Jazira rally past Al Shaab

Al Jazira came from behind to reverse their early 0-1 deficit into a narrow 2-1 victory over fighting Al Shaab at the Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday evening.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Mon 16 Sep 2013, 9:59 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:10 PM

“We have won and earned the three points and this is a very good start to the season. I admit that we did not play well. The weather is still too hot and the players need to play more games to achieve the required level of harmony and the new players need to acclimatise. People should be patient. After returning from Europe’s tour, some key players were called for the national team and this has hardly hit our final preparations.

“I believe there’s enough time to improve and fortunately we have scored in the concluding stages of the game thanks to the good experience of our strikers,” said Yasser Matar in a post-match chat. Midfielder Ahmed Essa put Al Shaab in the lead with a long range shot that hit Ali Khusaif’s hand en route to the net in the 17th minute from the start. This was also the result at half-time.

Al Jazira’s coach made his first substitution eight minutes later by replacing injured defender Mosallam Faiz with Jumaa Abdulla and later sent in midfielder Yasser Matar. But, it was the left winger Abdulla Mosa who has luckily slotted in the equaliser to bring the Abu Dhabi giants to the game with a beautiful rebound. Mosa advanced forward to lend a hand to the Al Jazira strikers when they are on the attack and he was airborne to fire home a deflection by Al Shaab keeper Motaz Abdulla in the 36th minute. And Ricardo Oliveira fired home the winner with a great sense of the opportunity after the Brazilian forward made the best of a poor clearance by Al Shaab defenders inside the box in the injury time of the tough clash.

Nelson Valdez showed strength to round the goalkeeper, cutting back for Ali Mabkhout whose shot was blocked, but Al Jazira’s skipper Ricardo Oliveira was perfectly positioned to hammer home and make it 2-1 for his side.



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