Khaled Issa played an important role in leading the "leader" to the title

Al Ain ends the “13-year” knot and crowns the League Cup champion

  • Rashid bin Humaid during the crowning of the Al Ain team with the championship cup.

    Photography: Eric Arrasas


Yesterday, Al-Ain team won the Football League Cup for the second time in its history after waiting for 13 years since the first title he had won in the 2008/2009 season. 2-2 in the meeting, which was held at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.

The Al Ain team was crowned with the championship cup, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, President of the Emirates Football Association, and honored the sponsors, in the presence of Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Abdullah Nasser Al Junaibi, First Vice President of the Football Association, President of the Professional League, and Matar Al Darmaki, President of the Company Al Ain Football Club and Ibrahim Abdul Malik, Vice President of Shabab Al Ahli Football Company.

The "leader" deserved the coronation after his performance during the match, despite the number of opportunities that the team's players missed during the second half in particular, in contrast, the "Knights" played realistically, especially in light of the physical fatigue experienced by the team's players due to the Asian participation, but with that the team succeeded. In reaching the penalty shootout, but he resisted him, during which Al-Ain goalkeeper Khaled Issa played the role of the hero.

The start came exciting from the two teams, and in contrast to the course of the meeting, Shabab Al-Ahly kidnapped the goal in the 28th minute by Argentine Cartabia after an elaborate counterattack. Which ended the first half.

The second half started with an average performance from the two teams, but the level gradually increased from the two teams. Al-Ain benefited from the retreat of Al-Ahly youth players to their defensive areas and exerted continuous offensive pressure, which resulted in scoring the equalizing goal in the 53rd minute when defender Bandar Al-Ahbabi sent a ball into the penalty area around which Laba Kudjo in The nets with an elaborate header.

Al-Ahly youth changed its method, which became completely dependent on delivering the ball to Omar Abdel Rahman “Amouri” to take advantage of his capabilities in the accuracy of his forward passes in the center of the play industry, but the late Ainawi defense line prevented the “Al Fursan” attackers from reaching goalkeeper Khaled Issa.

With the passage of time, the "leader" imposed a negative dominance over the course of the match, as his players mastered wasting a number of easy opportunities, before Caio Canedo put an end to the missed opportunities by scoring the second goal in the 75th minute with a header, taking advantage of his colleague Eric's cross.

Kartabia brought his team back into the game by scoring a equalizer in the 81st minute with a free kick. The match went to penalty kicks, which Al Ain won 5-4.

• The title is Al Ain's second in the history of the competition after winning the 2008-2009 Cup.

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