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Khorfakkan cruise past Al Jazira; Al Dhafra hold Al Wasl

Al Dhafra and Al Wasl players are vying for the ball. — Twitter
Al Dhafra and Al Wasl players are vying for the ball. — Twitter

Dubai - The hosts looked more dangerous in the opening minutes and needed less than six minutes to break the deadlock



By Team KT

Published: Sat 16 Jan 2021, 8:12 PM

Last updated: Sat 16 Jan 2021, 8:26 PM

Khorfakkan cruised to a 3-0 win over Al Jazira at Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi Stadium in matchweek 13 of the Arabian Gulf League on Saturday.

Just before kick-off, Al Jazira midfielder Abdullah Ramadan and coach Marcel Keizer were handed the Player of the Month and Coach of the Month awards for December.

The hosts looked more dangerous in the opening minutes and needed less than six minutes to break the deadlock. After an impressive teamwork, Omar Juma’s effort was blocked by Ali Khasif, and Ramon Lopes latched onto the rebound and slotted home to hand his side a 1-0 lead.

Lopes missed a chance to double Khorfakkan’s lead few minutes later, as he dribbled past Khasif, only to send the ball wide.

Ali Mabkhout then wasted a number of chances on the other side of the pitch to net the equaliser. It was Khorfakkan, however, who scored a second five minutes ahead of the break, as Bruno Lamas fired a powerful left-footed effort from the edge of the box to hand his side a 2-0 lead.

Al Jazira thought they reduced the deficit just after the hour-mark, but Mabkhout’s effort was ruled out for an offside after reviewing the VAR.

The home side sealed the win with 20 minutes to go, when they launched a counterattack that put Ramon Lopes in a one-on-one situation with keeper Khasif and the former tapped home to make it 3-0.

This marked Al Jazira’s second defeat of the season. They, however, remain second, five points below leaders Sharjah. Meanwhile, Khorfakkan grabbed their fourth win of the season and are currently 11th on 14 points.

Meanwhile, Pedro Conde cancelled out Joao Figueiredo’s opening goal, as Al Dhafra and Al Wasl played out a 1-1 draw at Hamdan Bin Zayed Stadium.

Both teams failed to find the back of the net in the first half of the game, and it wasn’t until the 54th minute that Al Wasl opened the scoring. The ball fell to Figueiredo on the edge of the box following a defensive error, and the Brazilian forward made no mistake sending the ball into the bottom corner of Al Dhafra’s net.

Al Dhafra needed three minutes only to level the scoreline, as Yaseen Al Bakhit’s cross found Pedro Conde inside the box, and the Spanish forward capitalised on a defensive mistake before tapping home to make it 1-1.

Al Dhafra were reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute after Sultan Al Ghafri was handed a second booking.

Following the draw, Al Wasl sit ninth on 17 points, one above Al Dhafra in 10th place.


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