Al Jazira beat Sharjah in goal fest

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Al Jazira beat Sharjah in goal fest

Abu Dhabi - With this win, Al Jazira move to second spot and Sharjah remain in the eighth position.


Ashwani Kumar

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Published: Sun 16 Oct 2016, 8:43 AM

Last updated: Sun 16 Oct 2016, 11:04 PM

Al Jazira secured 3-0 win over Sharjah in the Arabian Gulf League round three match at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday night.
Both teams missed a host of chances but the 'Pride of Abu Dhabi' wasted fewer opportunities.
Goals from Saif Khalfan, Khalfan Mubarak and Jefferson Farfan did it for Henk ten Cate's team. And Sharjah striker Gelmin Rivas and midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski were left to rue their finishing touches.
Right from the start, Al Jazira dominated the proceedings and had the Sharjah defence run for cover with first-half goals.
First goal came through a corner which fell to at least three Al Jazira legs before Saif Khalfan powered it in.
More was to follow after four minutes. This time it was through a free kick from Mbark Boussoufa. Many heads towered to pop-in the ball and midfielder Khalfan Mubarak shoved it in the 22nd minute.
Two goals down but Sharjah continued to push. In the dying minutes, Venezuelan striker Rivas should have scored from Adrian Mierzejewski pin-point pass from the right flank. Rivas connected well with his powerful header but was off target. Keeper Ali Khasif was furious at Rivas being unmarked.
The second-half started with flurry of attacks from Sharjah.
Al Jazira keeper had to be at his best to keep out Mierzejewski thunderous free-kick. More biting attacks flowed. It was against Sharjah's mini revival plans that Al Jazira hit another nail on their defence.
In the 58th minute, it was a beautiful passage of play that saw Ali Mabkhout and Boussoufa combine well to set it up for Jefferson Farfan, who converted to make it 3-nil. The trio combined well and could have added more, which is an ominous sign for Ten Cate and fans to look forward to.
With this win, Al Jazira move to second spot and Sharjah remain in the eighth position. 
Al Jazira (3): Saif Khalfan (18), Khalfan Mubarak (22), Jefferson Farfan (58)

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