VIDEO: Hussein El-Shahat scores as Al Ain cruise past Emirates Club
Al Ain entered the match in second place with 35 points from 15 games after the 7-0 thrashing of Ajman Club last Saturday. Meanwhile, Emirates Club came in at last place with 11 points from 15 games after the 2-0 loss to Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC.
Despite an injury scare late into the match against Ajman, Hussein El-Shahat started his fifth match for Al Ain after his loan move from Misr El-Makkasa. It only took three minutes for El-Shahat to score Al Ain’s first goal of the match after a great cut-back from Swedish forward Marcus Berg.
Emirati forward Ahmed Khalil added Al Ain’s second in the 13th minute after Emirates Club’s defenders failed to clear El-Shahat’s pass in the box. Khalil’s goal was his third in just four games after joining Al Ain from Al Jazira in the winter transfer window.
Five minutes before half-time, Brazilian midfielder Caio added the third from a rocket shot outside the box. Caio’s goal was his third in as many games across all competitions for Al Ain.
Though the second half saw complete dominance from Al Ain, they failed to convert chances to add to their emphatic result. By the end of the match, Al Ain had double the number of shots as Emirates Club and double the number of shots on target.
The result puts Al Ain back into first place with 38 points from 16 games, ahead of second-placed Al Wasl. Moreover, Emirates Club remain in last place with 11 points from 16 games.
Al Ain will next return to the AFC Champions League on February 13 with a trip to Riyadh to take on Al Hilal, the same team who knocked them out in the quarter-finals of the 2017 edition of the competition.
— قناة أبوظبي الرياضية (@ADSportsTV) February 8, 2018
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