Al Nasr hosted Al Wahda in the first leg of the UAE Pro League Cup quarter finals at Al Maktoum stadium in a close game between two evenly-matched opponents, with the winner to be decided on January 4th when the two sides meet again for the return leg.
Al Wahda took the initiative and attacked the hosts where goalkeeper Ahmed Shambieh denied them an opener on several occasions as neither team could find the back of the net in the first half.
Both sides attempted to take the lead throughout the second half with Ryan Mendes missing a real scoring chance in the 71st minute, one minute before he rescued his team from falling a goal behind during one of Al Wahda’s attempts.
The 83rd minute saw the referee show Al Nasr’s Abdelaziz Ali Al Kaabi a red card leaving his side with ten men for the remainder of the game.
Despite losing one of their men, Al Nasr kept trying to score with their star Sebastián Tagliabué squandering a chance in the additional time that could have secured his side an advantage before the fixture’s return leg scheduled for next month.