x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Fayez opens Ain account against Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen win a friendly against Al Ain 2-1, but there was a moment to cherish for the local boy Abdulaziz Fayez.

Al Ain's Shihab Ahmed, No 23, and Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker go up for a header.
Al Ain's Shihab Ahmed, No 23, and Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker go up for a header.

AL AIN // Werder Bremen won this friendly 2-1 over Al Ain, but there was a moment to cherish for the local boy Abdulaziz Fayez, who scored against the German club in his maiden appearance for the first team at the Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium last night. The hosts were weakened for this friendly UAE - German Super Cup match with some of their players drawn into the national team for tonight's Asian Cup qualifier against Malaysia in Dubai. On his debut the 19-year-old came on as a second-half substitute and, having received a through pass from Ismail Ahmed, darted towards the visitor's goal, drew the goalkeeper Tim Wiese and sent a neat shot into the far corner of the net. The Germans started well and a goal looked imminent as they camped in the Ain half for most of the first 45 minutes. The visitors could have drawn first blood in the sixth minute, but Markus Rosenberg's effort in front of a crowded goalmouth following a corner crashed against the crossbar. Pizzaro's first effort, a header from close range, was just wide. However, it took them 41 minutes to break the deadlock when their Peruvian forward Claudio Pizzaro scored with a powerful strike from inside the box, and he doubled the lead with another stunning shot from the edge of the box that ricocheted off the post two minutes later. They nearly added a third in the second half, but Marko Marin's couldn't finish a fine move when he failed to get a good connection on his effort. The home side came back strongly after the break to close the lead and even put them under pressure with a few daring moves from Fayez and Emerson. After their 60th minute goal they almost drew level, but the Brazilian Marcio Emerson's rocket from 30 yards hit the crossbar three minutes from time.

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