Bani Yas dominated from the start to finish at Hamdan Bin Zayed Stadium as they romped to a 5-0 victory against Al Dhafra in the penultimate matchweek of the Arabian Gulf League, as the title race will now go down to the last matchweek of the season.
Bani Yas were already 3-0 up 18 minutes into the game, thanks to goals from Joao Pedro, Gastón Suarez, and Amer Abdulrahman.
Pedro broke the deadlock in the 12th minute and Suarez doubled their lead three minutes later from a freekick before Abdulrahman headed home the third goal in the 18th minute.
The guests started the second half in a similar fashion and needed just seven minutes to score the fourth goal, courtesy of Nicolas Gimenez. Ahmed Abunamous made it 5-0 four minutes from time to seal a comfortable victory for Bani Yas.
The win left Bani Yas in second place with 53 points, only one below leaders Al Jazira who claimed a 2-0 win over Al Ain, as the tight title race will now be decided on the last matchweek of the season. Meanwhile, Al Dhafra extended their winless run to seven games, leaving them in 11th place on 21 points.