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Joao Pedro’s brace seals 3-1 win for Bani Yas over Fujairah

Bani Yas came from behind to earn a 3-1 win over Fujairah at Fujairah Stadium in matchweek 2 of the Arabian Gulf League on Thursday.


Although Bani Yas looked more organized in the early moments of the game, it was Fujairah who took the lead in the 14th minute. The hosts were awarded a penalty for a foul against Tunisian Firas ben Al Arbi and Kristiano Samuel netted from the spot to hand his side a 1-0 lead.


Fujairah had a chance to double their lead midway through the first half, but Farley Rosa’s effort went wide.


The Sky Blues made a strong comeback in the second half and scored two quick-fired goals. Six minutes after the restart, Bani Yas levelled the scoreline. A defense-splitting through pass from Sultan Al Shamsi found Nicolas Gimenez inside the box who easily converted the ball into the back of the net.


Only three minutes later, second-half substitute John Tibar’s cross found Joao Pedro inside the box, who headed the ball home to put the guests 2-1 up.


Joao Pedro completed his brace with 18 minutes to go, as he fired the ball from a tight angle leaving Fujairah keeper helpless and sealing a 3-1 win for his side.


This marked Bani Yas’ second win in a row, as they now top the standings with six points. Meanwhile, Al Dhafra remain winless with zero points.


Fujairah will next face Al Dhafra, while Bani Yas will play against Khorfakkan.

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