x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Surprise successes for Kalba and Dubai

Struggling Kalba and Dubai registered startling upsets over Al Ain and Al Wasl as the Pro League returned to action.

Struggling Kalba and Dubai registered startling upsets over Al Ain and Al Wasl as the Pro League returned to action yesterday.

Salim Jasem scored two goals as Kalba notched their first victory of the season with a 4-1 drubbing of Al Ain in the Garden City.

Dubai, meanwhile, got second-half goals from Abubaker Kamara and Hassan Abdulrahman to overcome visitors Wasl 2-1.

Al Ain, the nine-time league champions, opened the scoring through Fares Juma, but then saw the visitors rack up four goals without reply.

Gregory Dufrennes, the Frenchman, levelled for Kalba in the 27th minute with his fifth goal of the season.

Jasim, a 24-year-old midfielder, netted, in the 55th and 76th minutes, and the final goal came as Dufrennes barely tapped a spot kick and teammate Simon Feindouno sprinted in from outside the penalty area to smash the ball into the left corner of the goal.

Kalba had last earned a point on September 1, in a 2-2 draw with Al Ahli.

The club from Sharjah still remain at the foot of the table with four points.

Dubai moved within a point of escaping the relegation zone with the win over Wasl, the seven-time champions who could have moved into second place with a victory.

Wasl scored first through Darwish Ahmed, but were brought down by Dubai's recovery.

Dubai are one point behind Al Dhafra, whom they defeated in Round 7 two months ago for their only points in the league before yesterday.

* Compiled by Paul Oberjuerge