Sharjah, the defending champion, and Al Ain qualified for the final of the UAE President’s Cup football competition, after the first tied with its host Ajman after extension 1-1 (regular time 0-1), and the second defeated Al Wasl 1-0 on Friday in the semi-final second leg.
In the first match, Sharjah benefited from its 2-1 victory to cross the Ajman hurdle, which opened the scoring at the end of the first half, headed by Moroccan Walid Azaro, following a cross from Tunisian Firas Belarabi (45).
The two teams resorted to two extra periods after exchanging victory back and forth, so Djanini Tavares from Cape Verde settled the situation in favor of Sharjah after scoring the equalizing goal, which was enough for his team to reach the final for the second time in a row (106). Abdullah Saleh was expelled from Ajman at the end of the match (118).
In the second match, Al Ain opened the scoring through Brazilian Eric Menezes, after he benefited from a cross by Bandar Al Ahbabi, to hit Al Wasl goalkeeper Khaled Al Senani (24).
However, Al-Ain was then subjected to a strong blow after its goalkeeper Khaled Issa was sent off for pushing the ball out of the penalty area with his hand before it reached Al-Wasl striker Ali Saleh (29).
After the expulsion, control shifted to Al Wasl, who was close to equalizing twice, but Argentine Thomas Shanclay’s header hit the post (36) and Chilean Felipe Guterres’ crossbar (65).
The balance was equal after the expulsion of Algerian Al Wasl defender Jamal Balamri (86).