x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Sobis shines for Jazira

It did not take long for Rafael Sobis to be good to his word as he fired in the first two goals to put his side on the road to victory against Al Wasl.

Rafael Sobis had spelled out his intentions before taking on Al Wasl in the Etisalat Emirates Cup by saying he wanted to win everything he possibly can with his Abu Dhabi club. And it did not take him long for him to be good to his word as he fired in the first two goals to put his side on the road to victory as they keep their place at the top of Group B with three wins out of three. It was perfect preparation for the prestigious charity friendly against Bayern Munich, which takes place on Saturday (ko 5pm) The Brazilian, 23, signed for 10m euros in the summer on a five-year contract, gave a master class of fluent attacking play as he led the Al Wasl defence, which was for them, a not-so-merry dance. Ibrahim Diaki had scored a hat-trick in Jazira's opening 3-2 win over Al Khaleej, while Sobis also got three in 5-0 drubbing of Al Shabab. Sobis had the home side 2-0 up just after the half-hour with two trademark strikes.

Jazira tore straight into Wasl straight after the break with Sobis' fellow Brazilian Fernando Baiano make it 3-0 five minutes after the restart. And Sobis combined with winger Subit Khater in the 75th minute and Khater's perfect cross was met by Baiano to head in his second. But Sobis was denied a hat-trick before half time by Wasl keeper Rashed Ali, who handled the ball five metres outside the penalty box with Sobis clean through, but somehow escaped with just a yellow card. To add insult to injury, Ali turned Subit Khater's free-kick spectacularly over the bar. mwalker@thenational.ae