x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Jazira stay on top as Baiano impresses

Fernando Baiano struck twice and is the toast of Al Jazira as they subdue Al Shabab to stay top of the table.

DUBAI // Fernando Baiano was the toast of Al Jazira as they subdued Al Shabab to stay top of the table. Baiano struck twice for the visitors and turned provider for the third, scored by Rafael Sobis, to inspire Jazira to their sixth win on the trot. Marcos Assuncao scored the consolation goal for the hosts in the 38th minute from a free-kick. The opening goal came in the third minute as Sobis crossed the ball for Ibrahim Diaky, who lobbed it over the defence for Baiano, who volleyed home.

Baiano struck his second in the 68th minute after Assunaco had levelled the scores, sneaking into the box to slot home a Salah Obaid cross. Nine minutes later, Baiano set Sobis up for the third goal with a deft pass. Both teams were reduced to 10 men early in the second-half when Shabab's Abdullah Darwish was sent off for a second booking and Jazira's Abdullah Moussa was dismissed for a lunge on Suroor Salem.

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