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UAE stars shine in friendly
Hisham Al Gizouli / 13 July 2012
UAE’s Olympic football team continued their brilliant performance with a sweeping 5-0 victory over their Hungarian counterparts in a friendly at the Linz Stadium, Austria, on Wednesday night.
Khamis Ismail, Ahmed Khalil, Ismail Matar (double) and Haboush Saleh struck for the UAE lads.
The game was held under heavy rain, which hit the region since early morning and turned the pitch into a real swimming pool.
But, despite the unfavourable weather conditions, the boys in white did everything right and managed to show their best against their east European opponents.
UAE’s head coach Mahdi Ali started the match with keeper Khaled Essa, Hamdan Al Kamali, Mohammed Ahmed, Abdul Aziz Sanqoor, Abdul Aziz Haikal, Amer Abdul Rahman, Khamis Ismail, Rashid Essa, Omer Abdul Rahman, Ahmed Khalil and Ahmed Ali.
After the slow start, Khamis Ismail drew first blood for UAE in the 33rd minute of the first half after a lovely move on the left flank. Ahmed Khalil doubled the score-line few seconds before the interval to end the first half on a very high note.
UAE football ace Ismail Matar, who substituted Ahmed Ali in the second half, made it 3-0 at the hour-mark and substitute Haboush Saleh added the fourth goal seven minutes later.
Matar completed a double, less than a minute before the final whistle to make it 5-0 for the UAE.
Meanwhile, Ali carried out eight substitutions by sending in keeper Dawood Sulieman, Ali Al Amri, Saad Suroor, Ismail Al Hammadi, Mohammed
Fawzi, Habib Fardan and Haboush Saleh to replace Khaled Essa, Hamdan Al Kamali, Abdul Aziz Haikal, Amer Abdul Rahman, Khamis Ismail, Rashid Essa, Omer Abdul Rahman and Ahmed Ali.
Although Mahdi Ali said the match was useful for his side, he was of the opinion that the Hungarians did not field their first eleven.
The start list did not include the players who took part in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Championship in Egypt. Ali made his remarks to the officials of the national team, who promised to investigate the situation.
“But, after all, I was delighted to see that Ahmed Khalil completely healed from the foot injury,” Ali said.
In the meantime, the UAEFA vice-president Obaid Salem Al Shamsi praised the fighting spirit showed by the players, who defied the cool weather conditions and heavy rainfalls to show the best of them.
“The training camp began to pay dividends and the physical fitness of the players have improved tremendously,” he added.
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