Hussein El-Shahat scores on his debut for Al Ain
The first half kicked off cautiously as the field witnessed fine number of chances for both teams. Minutes before the 30 minute mark Ismail Ahmed broke the deadlock and gave his side the lead converting Omar Abdulrahman’s foul with a header into the back of the net.
Just before half-time whistle, Mohanad Salem received a straight red card for pulling Fabio Lima’s shirt on the edge of the box to stop a rapid attack that was previously caused from his own mistake
The second half was more powerful for El-Shahat’s Emirati side as Omar Abdulrahman doubled the lead from a dangerous freekick spot on the the 71st minute of the game.
On the 54th minute, Caio Correa scored a sidekick for Al Wasl but the linesman raised his flag up and the goal was disallowed for an offside.
Following Al Ain’s second goal, Hussein El-Shahat emerged from the bench to replace Sweden international Marcus Berg. It only took seven minutes for the Egypt International to react brilliantly between an ocean of defenders to Bandar Mohammed’s counterattack and make it a 3-0 lead for the guests.
Salem’s red card was not the only red to be shown on Zabeel Stadium tonight, as Al Wasl Dubai’s midfielder Roanldo Mendes received a second yellow following a challenge on El-Shahat, who also had an effort hit the post and denied him from getting a brace on his first appearance.
During the stoppage time, Caio Correa added his name to the scoreboard as he smashed a consolation goal for his side to make it a 3-1
Al Ain currently still stand on top with two points ahead of the nearest contender Wahda Abu Dhabi. Al Ain’s next ecounter will be against Al Dhufra in the President’s Cup on the 17th of January.
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