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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Marcus Berg scores twice in Al Ain's 3-0 win over Hatta: 'He has started well for us'

Swedish striker also had a hand in Douglas' strike just before the hour-mark

Al Ain's Marcus Berg scored twice in the 3-0 win over Hatta. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Al Ain's Marcus Berg scored twice in the 3-0 win over Hatta. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Markus Berg scored twice and had a hand in the other for Al Ain as they thumped Hatta 3-0 in the Arabian Gulf League at the Hamdan bin Rashid Stadium on Saturday.

The Swede, who signed from Greek club Panathinaikos on a transfer fee reported to be €3.3 million (Dh13.7m) over the summer, opened the scoring on 16 minutes and netted the second eight minutes later to set the platform for the visitors.

Berg exchanged passes with Brazilian Douglas to add the third just before the hour for Al Ain's first league win of the season after they drew 2-2 with Al Wasl last week.

“The two goals from Markus early in the game made all the difference in this game,” said Mohannad Salem, the Al Ain centre-back.

“He has started well for us and scored in both the games for us. We wish he keeps scoring in every game. It’s also a good feeling to get our first win on the board after last week’s draw at home.”

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Berg stabbed in the ball from six yards after a cross from Tsukasa Shiotani, the Japanese defender, was headed towards his path.

The Swede doubled the lead after moving behind Hatta's defence to head home Amer Abdulrahman's long pass for his third goal in two games.

Al Ain dominated after the break with Douglas rounding off the scoring.