Saif strikes late for Al Dhafra in AGL


Saif strikes late for Al Dhafra in AGL
Action from the Arabian Gulf League fixture between Al Dhafra and Ajman on Friday night. - AGL

Dubai - The Western Knights beat Ajman by a solitary goal

By James Jose

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Published: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 9:36 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 11:40 PM

The Arabian Gulf League resumed after the international break with Al Dhafra kicking off proceedings by beating Ajman in the Western Region of Al Dhafra on Friday night.
Mohamed Saif scored the winner as 10-man Al Dhafra won by a solitary goal at the Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Stadium.
Following a goalless first half and with neither unable to break the deadlock, the match seemed to be meandering towards a stalemate.
But Saif scored four minutes from time to give the Western Knights full points from the home fixture.
The win, Al Dhafra's second successive victory this term from four games, temporarily moved them to fourth on the table. They had earlier stunned Al Nasr, a game that cost Caio Zanardi his coaching job.
Meanwhile, the defeat, Ajman's first, put an end to a fine start by The Oranges. They had drawn their opening game of the season to Bani Yas before notching wins against Al Nasr and Al Wasl.
It was Ajman who began the brighter of the two with Mohamed Sabeel seeing his header go just wide of the post following a cross from Vander Vieira, on three minutes.
Al Dhafra were dealt a setback on 25 minutes when Pedro was sent off following a hack on Tongo Doumbia.
But four minutes from the end, Saif tapped home the rebound after Suhail Al Mansoori's effort was repelled by Ali Mohamed.

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