x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Mubarak penalty earns Dubai a point against Al Wahda

Al Wahda's one-week training camp in Egypt as part of their preparation for the Club World Cup seems to have done little to improve their scoring abilities.

Al Wahda's one-week training camp in Egypt as part of their preparation for the Club World Cup (CWC), to be held in Abu Dhabi later this month, seems to have done little to improve their scoring abilities.

A near full strength Wahda side were held to a 1-1 draw by Dubai in their rescheduled Etisalat Cup second-leg encounter at the Dubai Sports Club stadium last night. Fernando Baiano, the Brazilian striker, put the visitors ahead in the 51st minute but his effort was cancelled out by Jassim Mubarak's 71st-minute spot kick to earn a point for a side that were beaten by the Abu Dhabi club's second string team 4-2 last week.

No doubt Josef Hickersberger, the Wahda coach, will have most of his focus on the opening match of the CWC next Wednesday, when the Pro League champions face Hekari United, but he will be still concerned to see his side remain rooted to the bottom of Group A on five points.