x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Bare is back among the goals as Jazira stay top

The Brazilian striker's three goals help retain Jazira's grip on the top spot in the Pro League table with a 4-0 victory last night over sagging Al Ain.

Bare scored three goals as Al Jazira retained their grip on the top spot in the Pro League table with a 4-0 victory last night over misfiring Al Ain.

The Brazilian striker converted a penalty kick in the sixth minute, added a second goal from close range in the 44th minute from a cross by Abdullah Mousa and finished his outburst in the 79th minute when Ali Mabhkout fed him the ball inside the box for him to fire home.

The former Al Ahli forward failed to score in Jazira's first seven league games but now has five goals in his past three games.

Ahmed Jumaa also scored for Jazira, who are chasing their first Pro League title after three consecutive second-place finishes.

Al Ain, nine-time league champions, fell to ninth place in the standings, only two points above the relegation zone.

Their biggest moment of frustration came in the 57th minute when Jose Sand hit a penalty against the post.

Elsewhere, Mohammed Nasser scored twice as Al Shabab overcame an early goal by Aristide Bance to defeat Al Ahli 2-1 and vault over the hosts and into fifth place in the table. Walid al Balooshi scored for Shabab.

Ahli were playing for the first time in 54 days; their scheduled match with Al Wahda in the league last week was postponed because of the Abu Dhabi club's involvement in the Club World Cup tournament.

Abdullah al Kamali scored in the fourth minute as Sharjah secured a 1-0 victory over host Al Dhafra, moving them up into sixth.

Al Nasr defeated fellow Dubai club Al Wasl 3-2 thanks to goals from Abdullah Ahmed, Habib Fardan and Carlos Tenorio, the Ecuadorian striker. Walid Khaled's goal gave Dubai a 1-0 victory over Kalba.

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