x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Al Dhafra 1 Al Nasr 0

New coach Laurent Banide got off to a winning start as Al Dhafra claimed their first victory in eight weeks.

Al Dhafra players celebrate after their win over Al Nasr.
Al Dhafra players celebrate after their win over Al Nasr.

Laurent Banide made a winning start to his second reign at Al Dhafra when Saif Mohammed’s free-kick helped the hosts down Al Nasr 1-0 last night, despite being reduced to 10 men in the 22nd minute.

Dhafra had been without a win since their 2-1 upset over Al Jazira in the fourth round.

The poor results prompted management to announce Dzemal Hadziabdic’s departure last week following a 3-0 defeat at Al Wahda.

The change worked for the hosts as Mohammed gave them an 11th-minute lead, and then the whole team defended resolutely to deny Nasr after losing Fawzi Bashir to a second booking.

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