AL AIN: Continuing their winning streak, Al Ain defeated Al Shaab 2-1 in the 10th round match of the Etisalat Pro League at the Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Stadium on Friday.
With this win, Al Ain retained their lead and are three points ahead of the rivals Bani Yas.
Al Shaab lying on the 12th place with only 7 points.
Al Nasr occupy third spot. Al Nasr had a chance to climb to second spot in the standings but missed the opportunity after being held by Al Ahli on Thursday.
After the draw, Al Nasr raised their tally to 21 points to take third place while Al Ahli are fourth with 19 points.
Al Ain’s foreign import Asamoah Gyan lost an early sitter only 9 minutes into play, but he came to compensate for this chance when he found the back of the net five minutes later off Brosque’s perfect pass.
Al Shaab had a single chance five minutes before the break through Michael Laurent who faced the goalkeeper but he shot wide to end the first half with a lone goal lead for the home team.
Brosque squandered a golden chance for Al Ain only seconds after the break when his shot was deflected by the keeper Hussain Ali for a corner.
Al Ain’s substitute Ali Al Wihabi made it 2-0 in the 61st minute when he received a cross ball from the left flank.
Al Shaab raised the game in the second half and their efforts yielded in their lone goal with a strong shot fired by Rodrego Carica in the 82nd minute to reduce the lead.
But both the teams failed to add more goals in the remaining minutes for Al Ain to secure three valuable points that helped them to stay on top of the standings.
In another match, Al Wasl registered their third win of the season with a 3-1 win over Ittihad Kalba at the Zabeel Stadium.
With this win, Al Wasl raised their tally to 13 points while Kalba are still at the bottom of the table with three points.
Ahmad Sulaiman of Kalba scored an own goal into his net giving Al Wasl the lead in the 53rd minute.
Ahmad Jahjoh netted the equaliser four minutes later but Rashid Essa scored the winner for Al Wasl in the 65th minute and his colleague Al Faro sealed the result for his squad when he scored the third goal four minutes into injury time.