x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

AFC U22 Championships: late goal snuffs UAE hopes for semi-final entry

Ibrahim Daldoom’s lone strike, seven minutes from time, brought their campaign in Oman to an end.

The UAE Under 22 fell short in a valiant attempt to hold back Jordan in the quarter-finals at Muscat, Oman. Courtesy UAE FA
The UAE Under 22 fell short in a valiant attempt to hold back Jordan in the quarter-finals at Muscat, Oman. Courtesy UAE FA

DUBAI // Ibrahim Daldoom’s lone strike, seven minutes from time, brought the UAE’s campaign in the Asian Under 22 Championships in Oman to an end last night and handed Jordan a semi-final date with South Korea.

Jordan were missing through suspension their captain, Hamzah Al Daradreh, who scored three in their final group game, against Myanmar, and is the top-scorer in the league and cup back home.

Still, they had enough firepower to keep the UAE defence on edge all along, and only some brilliant work by Ahmed Shambih in the UAE goal and the woodwork denied them a bigger win.

The Jordanians, who had finished at the top of their group, ahead of South Korea, took early control of the game and the impressive Oday Zahran came close to putting them ahead in the 6th minute with a stinging effort from outside the box.

Five minutes later, Ahmed Saleh tested Shambih with a sharp volley and, fortunately for the Al Nasr gloveman, the Jordan captain Mahmoud Za’tara flicked the ball wide in the 23rd minute to waste a great opportunity.

The UAE were lucky again in the 33rd minute when a Zahran right-footer skimmed off the post, and the Emiratis reached the break without concending.

At the other end, the Jordan keeper, Mustafa Abu Mosameh, was called into action just once – in the added minutes of the first half when Waleed Ambar tried to find the far corner from the right.

Shambih’s heroics extended past the hour, but he could do little in the 83rd minute as Daldoom played a neat one-two with Saleh to beat the UAE defence before placing the ball to the far corner.

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