Al-Wahda stumbled against Al-Nassr with a positive draw after a series of positive results in the match that brought the two teams together in the ninth round of the ADNOC Pro League at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. Al-Wahda entered the match with outstanding performance and consecutive positive results in the league.
Mr. Arno Buitneweg, the coach of Al-Wahda, started with a lineup consisting of: “Rashid Ali in goal, and in the defense, there were Khalid Butti, Ala’a Zuhair, Lucas Pimenta, Ruben Felipe. As for the midfield, coach Allan Marques, Ahmed Nourallah, Guanca were included. In the attack, the coach relied on a trio consisting of Bakaev, Tahnoon Al Zaabi, and Omar Khribin.”
In the first half of the match, which ended with Al-Nassr leading by one goal to nil, the match witnessed an exciting competition and noticeable alternation between the two teams in creating significant danger in the attacking third. Although Al-Wahda had a relative advantage in most periods of the half, the team did not capitalize on the opportunities presented to them in front of the goal. On the other hand, Al-Nassr succeeded in taking advantage of its opportunity in the 18th minute, where Manolo Gabbiadini scored the first and only goal, giving the hosts the lead at the end of the half.
In the second half of the match, Al-Wahda showed greater determination and fierceness, creating opportunities and posing a significant threat to the opponent’s goal. The Maroon team managed to equalize through a penalty kick in the 55th minute, expertly executed by Omar Khribin. Despite the great efforts made by the team to score the winning goal and the notable contributions of Allan Marques and Bakaev in supplying the attack, all attempts were unsuccessful against the goalkeeper’s saves and the solid defense of Al-Nassr, leading to a lack of luck. The match ended in a positive draw of 1-1.
With this result, Al-Wahda reached 16 points, settling in fourth place at the end of the first day of the ninth week of the Adnoc Pro League.