Bani Yas pulled off a second-half comeback to condemn Al Ain to a 2-1 defeat at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in matchweek 21 of the Arabian Gulf League on Tuesday night.
The home side got off to the perfect start as Laba Kodjo opened the scoring only four minutes in with an excellent strike from outside the box. Bani Yas couldn’t find the back of the net during the first half as Al Ain headed into halftime leading 1-0.
Sultan Al Shamsi fired a long-range shot past keeper Khalid Eisa to level the contest only six minutes after the restart. In the 78th minute, Joao Pedro handed Bani Yas the lead, scoring what turned out to be the match-winner and extending the Sky Blues' winning streak to four games.
The Sky Blues kept the pressure on Al Jazira with a come-from-behind win over Al Ain that left them in second place two points off the league leaders. They extended the gap with Sharjah, who fell to a defeat against Shabab Al Ahli, to five points.
Meanwhile, Al Ain failed to keep the momentum going after their big 4-0 win over Al Wahda as they succumbed to their fifth defeat of the season and stayed sixth with 34 points, five below fourth-placed Al Nasr.