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Al Nasr stun Al Ain, go on top
September 12, 2018
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Dubai: Salem Saleh’s late strike earned Al Nasr a 2-1 win against Al Ain at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, in matchweek 2 of the Arabian Gulf Cup Group B.

Al Nasr managed to break the deadlock just two minutes into the game, as Samuel Rosa’s accurate ground cross was finished with composure by Iury Lirio into the bottom corner, after evading his marker skillfully.

In the 32nd minute, Caio Fernandes scored the equaliser for the Boss, as he received the ball inside the box following a poor clearance by Al Nasr’s defence. The Brazilian then dribbled past Saeed Suwaidan with a clever feint and smashed it into the back of the net, netting his third goal in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

The Blues nearly took the lead in the 61st minute, as Marcos Gabriel went past Al Ain’s defence, but the Brazilian’s left footed strike was saved brilliantly by the Boss’ goalkeeper Hamad Al Mansoori.

Lirio turned from scorer to creator, as he passed the ball to Saleh, whose accurate low shot from the edge of the box crept past Al Mansoori, making it 2-1 for the away side just six minutes before the fulltime whistle.

Following the win, Al Nasr top Group B table with the full mark from two games. Meanwhile, Al Ain occupy the group’s third spot with three points.

Earlier, Al Dhafra came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Fujairah at Fujairah Stadium.

After a reserved start from the two sides, Fujairah left-back Hassan Amin romped into the opposition box but was brought down by Al Dhafra captain Abdulrahman Yousuf. The referee instantly pointed to the spot, and Brazilian forward Fernando Gabriel converted the resulting penalty with venom to put the Wolves in the lead 15 minutes into the game.

Fujairah piled the pressure as the first half wore on and came within a whisker of adding a second when Fahad Sabeel rattled the crossbar with a long-range drive five minutes from time.

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