x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Baiano in cruise control for Al Wahda

Al Wahda and Al Jazira win in President's Cup

Fernando Baiano scored four goals in 45 minutes for Al Wahda and Ibrahim Diaky netted two for Al Jazira as the Pro League powers advanced to the quarter-finals of the President’s Cup last night.

Baiano, the Brazilian forward, scored with a penalty, a blistering shot from a sharp angle, a chip over the goalkeeper and a rebound from a spillage by the keeper as Wahda crushed Ajman 5-1 at Al Wasl’s stadium. Baiano played only the first half of the match.

Mohammed al Shehhi also scored for Wahda, and Mohammed Kader got the consolation for Ajman, who were relegated from the Pro League at the end of last season and were completely outplayed in the second-round game of the cup competition.

Diaky scored both goals in Jazira’s 2-1 win. His first came when he converted a cross from Bare, the Brazilian forward, and his second the result of a 90th-minute penalty, after Saeed Mubarak, the Nasr defender, handled the ball inside the box.

Earlier, Ismael Bangoura netted a spot-kick for Nasr to level the game in the 68th minute after Jumaa Abdullah, the Jazira defender, had taken down Abdullah Ahmed in the area.

In the late games, Pinga scored from the spot in the fourth minute of added time as Al Ahli defeated Pro League rivals Al Dhafra 1-0, and Al Ain overpowered Masafi of the second division 3-0 thanks to goals from Ali al Wehaibi, Jumaa Saeed and Haddaf Abdullah.

Today, Dibba Al Fujairah and Al Dhaid play at Emirates Club at 4.05pm and Emirates face Al Oruba at 8pm at Sharjah. At the Khalifa Stadium in Al Ain, Baniyas and Al Shabab play at 4.05 and Al Wasl faces Armed Forces at 8pm.