Khorfakkan cruised to a 3-0 win over Al Jazira at Saqr bin Mohammad al Qassimi Stadium in matchweek 13 of the Arabian Gulf League on Saturday.
Just before kick-off, Al Jazira midfielder Abdullah Ramadan and coach Marcel Keizer were handed the Player of the Month and Coach of the Month awards for December.
The hosts looked more dangerous in the opening minutes and needed less than six minutes to break the deadlock. After an impressive teamwork, Omar Juma’s effort was blocked by Ali Khasif, and Ramon Lopes latched onto the rebound and slotted home to hand his side a 1-0 lead.
Lopes missed a chance to double Khorfakkan’s lead few minutes later, as he dribbled past Khasif, only to send the ball wide.
Ali Mabkhout then wasted a number of chances on the other side of the pitch to net the equalizer. It was Khorfakkan, however, who scored a second five minutes ahead of the break, as Bruno Lamas fired a powerful left-footed effort from the edge of the box to hand his side a 2-0 lead.
Al Jazira thought they reduced the deficit just after the hour-mark, but Mabkhout’s effort was ruled out for an offside after reviewing the VAR.
The home side sealed the win with 20 minutes to go, when they launched a counterattack that put Ramon Lopes in a one-on-one situation with keeper Khasif and the former tapped home to make it 3-0.
This marked Al Jazira’s second defeat of the season. They, however, remain second, five points below leaders Sharjah. Meanwhile, Khorfakkan grabbed their fourth win of the season and are currently 11th on 14 points.