Al Jazira cruised to a 3-0 win over Al Nasr at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in matchweek 14 of the Arabian Gulf League, which is held under the slogan “Together We Recover” in support of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination efforts.
Al Jazira needed 13 minutes only to break the deadlock, as Ali Mabkhout’s through pass found Oumar Traore inside the box, and the latter made no mistake tapping the ball home.
Ali Mabkhout had a chance to double the Pride of Abu Dhabi’s lead on the 15-minute mark, but his effort from a tight angle hit the woodwork.
Abdulla Ramadan then missed another opportunity to break the deadlock as his strike from outside the box hit the woodwork 10 minutes later.
Al Jazira keeper Ali Khasif was called into action in the 29th minute, as he pulled off a fine save to deny Ryan Mendes’ close-range effort.
Mendes went on to miss another chance six minutes later when his effort from inside the box hit the side netting, as Al Jazira headed into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
Al Jazira were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute, when Khalfan Mubarak was brought down inside the box by Mahmoud Khamees. Mabkhout converted into the bottom left corner of the net to extend the hosts’ lead.
Al Jazira then put the result to bed in the 65th minute. An impressive teamwork saw the ball fall to Traore who dribbled past the defence and beat the keeper before netting his second goal of the night.
Al Nasr were dealt a blow in the 89th minute when Mahmoud Khamees was sent off for a second booking. Al Jazira were also reduced to 10 men when Khalifa Alhammadi was shown the red card during injury time.
Al Jazira earned their eighth win of the season, raising their tally to 30 points. Meanwhile, Al Nasr remained on 24 points.