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Al Nasr beat Al Ain in shootout, set up final against Shabab Al Ahli

KT Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on January 11, 2020
Al Ain's Mohamed Abdulrahman and Al Nasr's Hussain Mahdi vie for ball during the Arabian Gulf Cup semifinal at Hazaa bin Zayed Stadium. - Supplied photo

Goalkeeper Ahmed Shambieh starred for Al Nasr as the 'Boss' players could convert just one of their four penalties, while the 'Blues' netting all the four to progress.

 Al Nasr joined Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in the Arabian Gulf Cup final after overcoming Al Ain 4-1 (1-1 after full time) on penalty shootouts in the second semifinal at Hazaa bin Zayed Stadium.

After a cagey start, the 'Boss' had their first sight of goal in the 24th minute as Brazilian striker Caio got on the end of Salem Abdullah's cross but failed to direct his header towards goal.

Two minutes later, Al Ain striker Kodjo Laba advanced down the left and sent a cross towards Bandar Al Ahbabi in the box. Al Nasr full-back Mahmoud Khamis attempted to clear the ball at the near box but inadvertently sent it into his net to gift Al Ain the lead.

The visitors were made to wait until the last eight minutes of the game, when Khamis made amends by sending a pinpoint diagonal ball for Alvaro Negredo, who set up Toze with a cushioned header allowing the Portuguese to head in at the far post to equalise for Al Nasr.

Goalkeeper Ahmed Shambieh starred for Al Nasr as the 'Boss' players could convert just one of their four penalties, while the 'Blues' netting all the four to progress to final against Dubai rivals Shabab Al Ahli, who had earlier on Friday beaten Al Jazira in an absorbing penalty shootout.

 

Goals:

Al Nasr: Toze (82)

Al Ain: Mahmoud Khamis (OG 26)



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