Al Wahda paced themselves well for a well-earned 3-1 win against ten-man Al Dhafra in early Round Eight action of the ADNOC Pro League, on Friday.
Syrian Omar Khrbin gave visiting Al Wahda the lead in the very second minute when he accepted an Abdullah Hamad pass inside the area and blasted to the left of Khalid Al Senani’s goal.
The Al Dhafra goal fell a second time in the 23rd minute when skipper Ismail Matar curled a well-crafted free kick over the defensive wall from just outside the area.
The Al Dhafra resistance all but ended after this goal as three minutes later, Khalaf Al Hosani got his second yellow and was sent off for an early shower by referee Hamad Ali Yousef.
In the second half, Al Wahda added another one in the 69th minute when Fabio Martins placed into an empty goal, while the home team got a consolation in the 73rd minute when Pedro Pavlo thumped in from close.
The second successive win gave Al Wahda temporary possession of third place with 14 points, while Al Dhafra continued in the second half of the standings with seven points.