Amoory for­gets Gulf Cup woes with Al Ain

Boss up to first place

Sport360 - - Front Page - By Alex Broun @Alexan­der­Broun

Al Ain stamped them­selves as fron­trun­ners for this year’s Ara­bian Gulf League in a vin­tage per­for­mance by breez­ing past Al Wasl last night at Zabeel Sta­dium, de­spite play­ing the en­tire sec­ond half with only ten men.

De­fender Mohnad Salem was shown a straight red on the stroke of half-time, how­ever The Boss hardly missed a beat with sec­ond -half goals from cap­tain Omar Ab­dul­rah­man and debu­tant Hu­sain El Sha­hat adding to Is­maeel Ahmed’s opener.

Caio Canedo pulled a goal back for Al Wasl late on.

It was a spite­ful af­fair with no less than 10 play­ers go­ing into the ref­eree’s notebook. The Chee­tahs also fin­ished the game a man short with mid­fielder Ron­aldo Men­des booked for a sec­ond time on 86 min­utes.

The teams headed into the match tied on top of the AGL ta­ble on 25 points.

Al Wasl started the stronger but against the run of play on 27 min­utes The Boss took the lead with Ahmed nod­ding in a per­fectly crossed free-kick from Amoory, who wiped away the mem­ory of two missed penal­ties in the Ara­bian Gulf Cup de­cider against Oman with a su­perb in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance.

The Chee­tahs then ap­plied the pres­sure as they pushed for an equaliser be­fore half time with Tsukasa Shiotani and Khalid Eissa booked be­fore Salem was given his march­ing or­ders. Men­des also picked up his first book­ing in a fu­ri­ous end to the first stanza.

Need­ing a spark, Chee­tahs coach Rodolfo Ar­ru­abar­rena went to the bench early in the sec­ond pe­riod bring­ing Aus­tralian mid­fielder An­thony Cac­eres on for Hu­maid Ab­bas on 58 min­utes.

Once again Al Wasl ramped up the pres­sure, re­sult­ing in Caio FernA an­des and Amoory hav­ing their names taken by ref­eree Yaqoub Qasem, but de­spite the weight of pos­ses­sion the Chee­tahs could not find the fi­nal pass.

The Boss then took con­trol on 71 min­utes with an­other su­perb Amoory set piece. This time he needed no help, curv­ing a de­light­fully struck left-footer from just out­side the box past the out­stretched hands of Sul­tan al Man­thari and into the top right hand cor­ner.

The Chee­tahs again tried to re­spond, but in throw­ing men for­ward they left them­selves open to the counter-at­tack and again it was Amoory who made them pay.

The Boss skip­per picked up the ball just out­side his box be­fore find­ing sub­sti­tute Ban­dar Al Ah­babi, on for Fer­nan­des, who set off on a sear­ing run to­wards the Al Wasl goal.

Sur­rounded by two de­fend­ers on the edge of the box he crossed to El Sha­hat, whose first touch took him into the area be­fore get­ting a deft toe over the on­rush­ing al Man­thari, send­ing the large con­tin­gent of Boss faith­ful in the Sta­dium into rap­ture.

It got worse for the Chee­tahs four min­utes from time as Men­des was shown a red be­fore Cor­rea added some re­spectabil­ity mak­ing it 3-1 in added time.

The win takes Al Ain to the top of the ta­ble with Al Wahda’s 3-1 de­feat of Dibba ear­lier yes­ter­day see­ing them move into sec­ond with Al Wasl now third.

Dom­i­nant: Af­ter a scratchy cam­paign with the UAE in the Gulf Cup, Al­moory was back to his best against Al Wasl.

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