After losing the Bur Dubai derby, Al Nasr returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 win over Ajman at Rashid Bin Saeed Stadium on Thursday in matchweek 17 of the Arabian Gulf League.
Al Nasr headed into halftime with a 1-0 advantage, thanks to an own goal after Diaa Saba’s effort deflected off Ajman defender Abdulrahman Rakan and into the net just 12 minutes into the game.
Ryan Mendes got his name on the scoresheet eight minutes after the restart, as he capitalized on a defensive mistake and tapped the ball home to make it 2-0. The 31-year-old put the win beyond any doubt when he completed his brace following an individual effort in the 86th minute.
Al Nasr forward Sebastian Tagliabue found the back of the net deep into injury time but his effort was ruled out for offside after reviewing the VAR.
This marked Al Nasr's first win with Argentine coach Ramón Díaz at the helm. The Blues raised their tally to 30 points and moved into top four temporarily. Meanwhile, Ajman remain in 13th place after succumbing to their 12th defeat this season.