Al Ain beats Al Dhafra 2-1, ends first half with 25 points in pocket


At Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain beat Al Dhafra 2-1 in the last round of the Arabian Gulf League’s first half.

With all second-half goals in the 11th fixture against Al Dhafra, the Garden City Club hit the 25th point thanks to its seven victories and four draws.

Al Ain has controlled the game from the beginning and made the great benefit of chances to score.

Mohamed Abdulrahman started the scoring in the 50th minute with a long-range effort that was not saved by the rivals’ goalkeeper.

In the minute 59, substitute Ibrahim Diaky scored after a one-two with Markus Berg.
Al Dhafra pulled one back at the end through substitute Saeed Al Katheeri.

After the Al Dhafra’s goals, Al Ain players fought hard to keep the 2-1 score.

The win put Al Ain up the top of the standings past Al Wasl. Al Wasl are currently sitting ahead Al Ain on away goals.

Al Ain 2
Goals:  Mohamed Abdulrahman “50” and Ibrahim Diaky “59”.

The starting line-up: Khalid Eissa, Mohamed Ahmed, Khaled Abdulrahman, Ahmed Barman, Omar Abdulrahman, Mohamed Abdulrahman, Saeed Juma, Ismail Ahmed, Rayan Yaslam, Marcus Berg and Dyanfres Douglas.

Substitutes:  Ibrahim Diaky, Mohammed Fayez and Rashed Muhayer.

Yellow cards: Mohamed Abdulrahman and Ahmed Barman.

Red cards: 0

Al Dhafra 1
Goals: Saeed Al Katheeri.

The Starting Line-up: Zayed Al Hammadi, Abdulrahman Yousuf, Khaled Butti, Issam El Adoua, Hamad Al Marzoqi, Ibrahim Saeed, Adil Hermach, Abdullah Abdulqader, Khalid Al Darmaky, Hamad Al-Hammadi and Mohannad Karrar.

Substitutes: Ahmed Ali, Abdullah Abdel Hady and Saeed Al-Kathiri.

Yellow Cards: Khlaid Ali, Ibrahim Saeed, Abdullah Abdulqader and Adil Hermach.
Red cards: 0

The game referee was Abdulla Al Aji. The two assistants were Ali Al Shehi and Talal Rashed. Ali Al Shebebi was the fourth official, Mohamed Al Jenebi was the referee evaluator and Salah Al Marzouki was the match commissioner.