x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Bonamigo bemused by Dubai

Paulo Bonamigo, the Al Shabab coach, accused Dubai of time wasting, but Dubai coach Ion Marin denys any wrong doing and says his players were really injured in the 1-1 draw.

Dubai's Ulugbek Bakaev is sent flying in first-half action between Al Shabab and Dubai. Paulo Bonamigo, the Shabab coach, claims the Dubai players were delaying the game.
Dubai's Ulugbek Bakaev is sent flying in first-half action between Al Shabab and Dubai. Paulo Bonamigo, the Shabab coach, claims the Dubai players were delaying the game.

 

DUBAI // Paulo Bonamigo, the Al Shabab coach, accused Dubai of time wasting during their 1-1 draw Sunday night.

Bonamigo claimed the ball was in play for only 28 minutes in the first half and 21 in the second.

"We hope these things do not happen again and the referee puts a stop to it," he said.

"We are talking about very few minutes of actual football and the fans deserve more; they deserve to get a full 90 minutes of action."

Dubai played impressive football from the start, but after Abou Baca Camara put them ahead on the hour mark they changed tactics and the home players were tumbling over at the slightest pretext, appearing to waste time.

The alleged plan, however, did not work completely as Julio Cesar equalised in the 80th minute.

After all the stoppages, Abdullah Ali, the referee allowed only four minutes of added time in the first session and five after the end of 90 minutes. Bonamigo believes the referee could have done more.

"The only one who can correct this is the referee," said the Shabab coach. "If he sees the players wasting time, he needs to punish them. We are playing in good weather so that cannot be an excuse anymore."

Ion Marin, the Dubai coach, denied his players were indulging in any sort of antics and said many of them were genuinely injured and will need treatment.

"I didn't see any time wasting during the game," said the Romanian. "We played a very good game and controlled the match right through. So there was really no need for us to waste time.

"I did not tell my players to fall down. If you think they were falling for nothing, they have injuries and they will be undergoing treatment tomorrow because they can't play."

While the two coaches differed in their views on that matter, they agreed that 1-1 was a fair result for both sides.

"The motivation of Dubai was one of the highlights of the match," Bonamigo said. "We seemed to be in a hurry during the first half and played into their trap. At half time, I told my players to slow down, especially in attack, because this team is different. So we started playing our way, calm and waiting for our opportunities.

"Dubai scored the first goal through a brilliant shot and we equalised in the end. It would have been really unfair had we left the ground as the losing side."

Playing on their home ground for the first time since the stunning 5-0 win over Diego Maradona's Al Wasl in the Etisalat Cup, Dubai had the fans on their feet as early as the third minute, when Nabil Daoudi slid the ball home; the linesman, however, had his flag up for offside.

The home fans had to wait until the 60th minute for their first goal as Camara muscled his way past Mohammed Ahmad and blasted the ball into the top of the net.

And with 10 minutes to go, Cesar headed home a Ciel cross to make sure Shabab made the short journey home with a point.

 

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