Al Nasr and Al Jazira played out a 1-1 draw at Al Maktoum Stadium on Saturday in the opening matchweek of the Arabian Gulf League held under the slogan “we commit to win”.
The game got off to a quick start as the hosts were already 1-0 up in the fourth minute. Following a defensive error, the ball fell to Habib Al Fardan but his shot rebounded off the woodwork and fell to Ryan Mendes who slotted home.
Al Nasr continued to pose threat on Al Jazira’s goal and missed an opportunity to double their lead, when Portuguese midfielder Toze sent an effort from outside the box that went inches away from goal.
However, Al Nasr’s lead didn’t last long, as Al Jazira levelled up the scoreline in the 34th minute. Following an impressive team effort, Salem Rashid crossed the ball to Khalfan Mubarak who passed it to Zayed Al Ameri and the latter slotted home.
Just before the break, Ali Mabkhout missed an opportunity to give Al Jazira the lead. Omar Abdulrahman sent a through pass to Mabkhout inside the box, and the 30-year-old went one-on-one with the keeper before missing the target.
Al Nasr forward Sebastián Tagliabué wasted a chance to get his name on the scoresheet and give his side the lead in the 56th minute, when he sent a weak header into Abdulrahman Al Ameri’s hands.
Omar Abdulrahman came closing to netting the winner eight minutes from time, however, his free-kick hit the woodwork.
With five minutes to go, Al Nasr were reduced to 10 men after Tariq Ahmed received a second booking.
Al Jazira will next face Al Dhafra, while Al Nasr will play against Khorfakkan.