Brazilian Mauricio Oliveira, drafted especially for this two-week competition along with Stephan Meier by Al Ahli scored six as the league champions thrashed Al Arabi 13-6 on Friday, while UAE striker Mousa Ibrahim was on target an equal number of times in Fujairah Club’s shock 9-6 win over league runners-up Ajman Club on Saturday.
Al Nasr and Al Shabab booked the other two spots in the last four stages of the competition with identical 3-2 wins over Al Wasl and Ittihad Kalba respectively.
But it was the goal-scoring spree from the two strikers Mauricio Oliveira and Mousa Ibrahim that caught the attention of the spectators. Mauricio Oliveira, who got a slight injury on his left foot towards the end of play, was in sublime form as he single-handedly put Al Ahli in the clear early in the match against Al Arabi.
Thanks to Mauricio Oliveira’s six goals, Al Ahli was comfortably placed 7-3 at the end of the first period itself. Another two strikes and the defending league champions were 9-4 in the clear by the second period.
But Al Arabi did not give up as two quick goals drew them close at 6-9, while Mauricio Oliveira rounded off his scoring for the evening and former Swiss skipper Stephan Meier added his name to the score list as Al Ahli walked away winners.
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