In Pictures: Al Ahli lift President's Cup
May 29, 2013
The President's Cup was a Dubai derby between Al Ahli and Shabab, with the men in red clear favourites to win. Grafite, No 23, was in the highest of spirits after winning the Pro League International Player of the Year award. He wins the ball from Hassan ???
Ahli's second goal came after Adnan Al Beloshi opened the score in the sixth minute, followed by Grafite's superb strike. Pawan Singh / The National
Al Ahli players rally around Grafite, centre, to celebrate the goal with the disappointed Shabab supporters in the background. Satish Kumar / The National
Shabab's players are naturally dejected after what was the perfect game to be played in a cup final. It was a case of a team punching above their weight all season, and even though they did not win last night, they would be proud of what they did. Pawan S???
Coaches of both sides were visibly animated throughout the game with the game suddenly even. Enrique Sanchez Flores, left, the Spaniard with a great cup record, barks out his orders as does Shabab's Marcos Pacqueta. Satish Kumar / The National
Grafite seemed relieved more than anything else on the touchline following Ahli's win as he hugged his teammates and coaching staff. Pawan Singh / The National
A phenomenal win for Al Ahli as they tied Sharjah for the most President's Cup titles - they have now lifted the trophy eight times. Satish Kumar / The National
Bruno struck again, just 16 minutes after scoring his side's first goal. Game on at Al Jazira's Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Satish Kumar / The National
Things changed in the second half with Al Shabab mounting a counter-attack. Playing some of their best football this season, the men in green did what they have consistently done - recover from setbacks. Jociel, right, led the charge Shabab opened their a???
Ten-man Ahli eventually held on to the end of the game giving the Dubai side a famous victory. Basheer Al Hammadi celebrates on the whistle even as Shabab players look despondent in the background. Satish Kumar / The National
Two goals ahead after just 15 minutes meant Ahli were in a very strong position to win the game and the cup. Satish Kumar / The National
Al Ahli's captain's class that saw him play in the German Bundesliga was on display when he not only led his team from the front, the Brazilian also scored the second goal. Pawan Singh / The National
Ahli mounted a brilliant comeback, going into the lead once again through a superb strike from Luis Jimenez. Ciel, of Shabab, equalised again before an own goal by the superb Bruno gave the game the final scoreline. But just as one thought there wouldn't ???
The first half was all Ahli with players such as Majed Al Hamadi continuing to press forward, taking the attack to Al Shabab. Satish Kumar / The National