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Diego Maradona: Al Wasl, Fujairah pay tribute to their former coach

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on November 27, 2020
Diego Maradona's image is flashed on the screen at the Zabeel Stadium during the game between Al Wasl and Fujairah. — AGL

The Argentine legend’s image was displayed on the big screen

Al Nasr kept the pressure on leaders Sharjah with victory over Bani Yas in the Arabian Gulf League on Friday night.

Playmaker Dia Saba, who became the first Israeli to play in the UAE following the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, scored from a freekick on 58 minutes as Krunoslav Jurcic got the better of his former employers by a solitary goal at the Al Maktoum Stadium.

With pace-setters Sharjah held to a 1-1 stalemate by promoted Khor Fakkan at the Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi Stadium in a late kick-off on Thursday, The Blues reduced the gap to three points at the top.

Also read: Video: Dubai's Burj Khalifa pays tribute to Diego Maradona

The King lead with 19 points followed by Al Nasr 16 points. Al Jazira, who worked off Hatta 2-0 at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, are breathing down Al Nasr’s neck, with 14 points in their kitty.

Elsewhere, in Dubai, it was a poignant setting as Al Wasl took on Fujairah at the Zabeel Stadium, in the backdrop of Diego Maradona’s passing. The football legend had coached both these clubs during his time in the country.

Maradona’s image was displayed on the big screen with the words: “RIP,” just before the 6 p.m kick-off. Maradona passed away in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, following a heart attack. He was cremated on Thursday.

The Cheetahs then went on to win the game 3-0 with Fabio de Lima scoring in the opening minute and Nicolas Oroz adding the second on 72 minutes. The young Ali Saleh then rounded it off, nine minutes from time.

Shabab Al Ahli swamped Ajman 5-1 with Igor Jesus Da Cruz firing a brace.




Al Nasr 1 (Diaa Saba 58) Bani Yas 0

Al Dhafra 1 (Benjamin Ayim 66) Ittihad Kalba 2 (Wanderson Oliveira 34, Peniel Mlapa 89)


Al Jazira 2 (Ali Mabkhout 29, Milos Kosanovic 39) Hatta 0

Al Wasl 3 (Fabio de Lima 1, Nicolas Oroz 72, Ali Saleh 81) Fujairah 0

Shabab Al Ahli 5 (Ahmed Mohamed Alhashmi 4, Igor Jesus Da Cruz 17, 71, Ahmed Khalil 90, Yousef Jaber 93) Ajman 1 (Bobker Trawally 46)

Khor Fakkan 1 (Abdalla Ghanim 62 OG) Sharjah 1 (Caio Lucas 18)

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