x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Diaky spot on for Al Jazira

Al Nasr impress in loss even as the leaders go eight points clear at the top, while Al Wahda and Al Ahli both look to avenge defeats tonight.

Jader Volnei is congratulated by his Al Jazira teammates after scoring their opener in their 2-1 win at Al Nasr last night.
Jader Volnei is congratulated by his Al Jazira teammates after scoring their opener in their 2-1 win at Al Nasr last night.

DUBAI // Ibrahim Diaky's penalty six minutes from time put Al Jazira eight points clear at the top of the Pro League table.

Diaky's 11th goal of the season from the spot came after his teammate Bare had been felled by Humaid Abbas, the Al Nasr defender, in the area.

Jazira, who are unbeaten this season, had looked as if they would have to settle for a draw until then. They had taken the lead in the 20th minute as Bare found the net with a low shot, but the home side got themselves back on level terms six minutes after the restart as Careca made an immediate impact on his league debut with a fine finish.

But Jazira kept going and were worth the points, although Ahmed Jumaa, a second half substitute for the Abu Dhabi side, acknowledged they had not been at their best.

"The three points was the most important from this game," he said.

"Nasr were a vastly improved side and they played well on the night. It was a fast and open game as both teams played an attacking game. It shows the teams, particularly Nasr tonight, had prepared well during the break.

"But we are happy for the three points and hopefully we can continue with this trend, something we haven't been able to do in the past two years."

Meanwhile, in tonight's action Al Wahda are hoping to get their slender hope of their Pro League title defence back on track when they face Al Wasl tonight at the Al Nahyan stadium.

The defending champions are lagging in seventh on 15 points and have an uphill task on closing the gap behind the leaders Al Jazira. Wahda will also have revenge in their mind after the 2-0 defeat in the opening night of the league on August 26.

Al Ahli will also look to avenge their shock 2-0 loss to Al Dhafra away in the curtain raiser game in the Pro League when the two sides meet in Dubai.

 

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