Al Wasl fought back from a goal down to return home with a hard-fought 2-1 away win against Bani Yas in their opening round match of the UAE Pro League Cup, on Saturday.
Down by a seventh minute strike from Saeed Khamis off an assist from Suhail Ahmed Al Noobi, Al Wasl crawled their way back into the encounter with two goals before heading in for the half-time break.
Despite that early set-back, Al Wasl kept their calm and it was their Brazilian striker Fabio De Lima who got the equalizer in the 23rd minute.
Attacking midfielder from Uruguay Michel Araujo, who is presently on loan from Brazil’s Fluminense, gave Al Wasl the lead in the 44th minute when he accepted a pass from Brazilian William Pottker and drilled home a low shot past Fahad Al Dhanhani on the Bani Yas goal.
In the second half, both teams had a fair share of chances at each other’s goals, but that 2-1 scoreline remained unchanged till the end as The Emperor returned to Dubai holding a slight edge before the return leg of the first round in the last week of this month.