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Al Wasl and Al Ain players in action during their AGL match on Saturday.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Ronaldo Mendes' was on target goal as Al Wasl rallied to hold Al Ain for a 1-1 draw at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in matchweek 19 of the Arabian Gulf League (AGL) on Saturday.
After a goalless first half, Al Ain broke the deadlock 10 minutes only after the restart. Caio Canedo found Laba Kodjo's header and tapped the ball home to hand the Boss a 1-0 lead.
The home side's lead was short-lived, as Al Wasl netted the equalizer only four minutes later when Ronaldo Mendes fired a powerful effort from outside the box, leaving keeper Khalid Eisa helpless.
Al Ain failed to earn a win for the second game in a row as they sit sixth on 31 points, two above Al Wasl who sit temporarily in seventh place.
Meanwhile, second-half goals helped Bani Yas earn a 2-0 victory away from home over Ittihad Kalba in another match on Saturday.
Few chances were created on both sides in the first half, which ended in a goalless draw. The second half, however, was eventful as it saw two goals and a red card.
Ittihad Kalba were dealt a huge blow, as they were reduced to 10 men when Mohamed Sabeel was sent off in the 64th minute due to a rough challenge.
The guests capitalized on the Tigers' numerical disadvantage, as they broke the deadlock in the 74th minute, thanks to an inch-perfect header from Gastón Suarez.
Only five minutes later, Nicolas Gimenez doubled Bani Yas' lead with a powerful long-range effort that nestled into the back of Ittihad Kalba's net.
Bani Yas raised their tally to 39 points and moved temporarily to second place above Sharjah who still have a game in hand.
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