Goals from Al Ain's Soufiane Rahimi and Cristian Guanca granted their side a comfortable lead in the first leg of UAE Pro League Cup round one at Hazza Bin zayed stadium.
Going into this game the two teams have clashed on 3 occasions in the cup competition, where two games ended in a draw while Al Ain secured the victory once. The Emirates Club have failed to win away from home in the cup on their last 5 attempts.
Emirates took the initiative and attempted threaten the hosts net before Al Ain took control and had nearly 73% of the possession launching several attacks on Emirates goal, but both teams lacked an accurate finishing touch that deprived them of scoring in the first half.
Second half start was a lot like the first until the 73rd minute when Al Ain finally managed to net a goal after placing some intense pressure on the Hawks.
It was a wonderful left-foot strike from outside the box by Guanca that found its way into the bottom corner of the net.
In the 82nd minute Al Ain dominance paid off as Soufiane Rahimi doubled Al Ain's lead with another shot from outside the box that settled into the top corner of the net, to facilitate his side's task away from home when they visit Emirates for the return game.