Ten-man Al Wasl earned a 4-2 win over Hatta at Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in matchweek 2 of the Arabian Gulf League on Thursday.
The game got off to a fiery start, as only three minutes after kick-off, Al Wasl were reduced to 10 men. Salem Al Azizi was sent off for a dangerous play against Hatta’s Braian Ramirez.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, the guests took the lead on the 10-minute mark. Ronaldo Mendes’ cross found Fabio Lima inside the box, and the latter chested the ball down, dribbled past Hatta’s defender and slotted home to put Al Wasl 1-0 up.
On the half-hour mark, Hatta missed an opportunity to make it 1-1, when Ramirez went one-on-one with Al Wasl keeper Humaid Abdulla, before he was intercepted by Al Wasl’s Hassan Ibrahim who converted the ball into a corner.
Abdulla then parried the ball away off the corner kick to maintain his side’s lead.
However, Hatta eventually found the equalizer. After a VAR review, the guests were awarded a penalty eight minutes before halftime for a foul inside the box. Abdullah Abdulqader fired from the spot to level the scoreline ahead of the break.
Al Wasl regained their lead 10 minutes after the restart, as Ronaldo Mendes converted a freekick from the edge of the box into the back of the net.
In the 68th minute, Saeed Jassem headed the ball home off a cross from Ramirez to make it 2-2.
In the dying minutes of the game, Al Wasl’s Hueglo Neris netted two quick-fired goals to snatch his side a 4-2 win. He headed the ball home off a corner kick in the 86th minute, before netting again two minutes later in what was almost a carbon copy of his first goal.
Al Wasl earned their first win of the season and now have three points, while Hatta remain at the bottom with no points.
Hatta will next face Ajman away from home, while Al Wasl will host Al Nasr.