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Hatta and Ajman share spoils
November 11, 2017
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DUBAI: Hatta and Ajman shared the spoils after playing a goalless draw at Hamdan Bin Rashid Stadium in matchweek 3 of the Arabian Gulf Cup on Friday.

A cautious approach by both sides meant the first half ended goalless with chances few and far between while the bulk of the action took place at the middle of the park.

After the restart, Hatta took the initiative and Brazilian striker Fernando Gabriel threatened from distance for them as did Adeilson for the visitors.

Ajman saw defender Mohamed Ahmed dismissed in the final minute of the second half, but they held on to the draw for injury time to take home a valuable point.

The Oranges move up to third place in Group A with four points while Hatta trace them with a point and a place.

In another match, Emirates and Dibba played out a goalless draw at the Emirates Club Stadium.

Alassane Diallo came closest for Dibba when his one-on-one chance early in the second half was saved by goalkeeper Ali Saqr.

Argentine winger nearly broke the deadlock when he found space to advance into the visitors’ area but fluffed his finish from inside the box as the score remained goalless.

Both sides move up to four points from three games with goal-difference favouring Dibba at second place in Group B.

Meanwhile, the UAE and Saudi Arabia settled for a 1-1 draw in the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship West Zone qualifiers at the Bangkok Arena on Friday.

UAE piled on the pressure right from the get-go, and a slight misstep by Saudi Arabia’s Aroan Nawaf was more than enough for Ahmed Khalil to pounce on the loose ball to score in the second minute.

Just three minutes later, Moath Mohammed equalised with a super strike from outside the box after receiving a corner kick in.

It was very evenly matched, with both sides taking turns to attack and defend with the occasional quick reversals but nothing led to any goals.

The aggressiveness on both sides was reflected by the amount of fouls racked up. By the 13th minute, Saudi Arabia had three, while the UAE had five.

Another foul for the UAE would mean a spot-kick from the second penalty mark. With that in mind, Marcos Sorato’s side had to play more delicately which Saudi Arabia exploited to look for another goal.

However, a sixth foul was committed in the last 30 seconds of the first half.

Nawaf took the penalty with a superb strike but it hit the top bar, and the score remained 1-1 at half-time.

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