Toure nets hat-trick as feeble Fujairah are humbled at Nasr

Barnaby Read 17/10/2014
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On fire: Nasr now have two wins out of two in the AGL.

A rampant Al Nasr strolled to a 5-1 home victory over Fujairah this afternoon, thanks to goals from Ali Al Ameri, Ibrahima Toure (3) and captain Brett Holman.

Salem Obaid Syif's deflected long-range free-kick merely served as consolation for the visitors.

It took Nasr just four minutes to register, Al Ameri's steered backpost header getting Ivan Jovanovic's men off to a flying start.

Holman's stunning effort quarter of an hour later meant Fujairah were staring at an uphill battle before Toure's fine finish put the game beyond their reach half way through the first period.

A subdued second-half followed and it was Toure's second and third goals of the game that brought a clinical end to the game.

The Senegal striker's smart 70th minute finish, following a combination of some excellent work on the right from Fahad Hadeed and woeful Fujairah marking, made it 4-1 before his late penalty gave his and Nasr's performance added gloss.

Toure now has five goals from two games since returning to the Nasr side after punching Bani Yas defender Muhamed Jaber in the face during the first game of the season.

The result leaves Fujairah winless from their first five games and the AGL new boys are languising in 12th place.

Nasr meanwhile have now won two on the bounce and the Blue Wave are looking more like title contenders on a weekly basis.

Elsewhere, Sharjah and Emirates Club shared a 1-1 draw at Emirates Club Stadium.

On-loan Brazilian midfielder Rodriguinho Marinho's first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time handed Sharjah the lead.

German Herrera's effort in the second-half levelled things up for Emirates.

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Al Ain boss Dalic hoping for defensive improvements

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No more mistakes: Zlatko Dalic wants to tighten things up at the back.

Al Ain head coach Zlatko Dalic has admitted he has concerns in defence as his side prepare for two homes games in six days.

The Croatian is looking forward to having players back from the international break, although the squad will only train for the first time as a whole tonight ahead of Al Dhafra’s visit tomor­row for their Arabian Gulf League encounter.

Dalic said: “It’s a challenge as we have two matches on Friday and Wednesday. The goal is to win both of them, especially as we are play­ing at home in both of them.”

Al Ain lost 1-0 to Kalba in the League Cup last Thursday and despite scoring three goals in their last league match, lost 4-3 at Al Jazira.

“We need a good performance in defence as there have been a lot of mistakes in previous matches,” Dalic added. “A problem of equal proportion has been the absence of 11 players due to international commitments. I hope on Thursday that everyone will be in training.”

Dhafra have drawn their opening five league games but head to Al Ain in good spirits after recording a 3-1 League Cup win over Fujairah last Friday.

In this Friday’s other games, Al Nasr host Fujairah and Emirates welcome Sharjah. Sharjah have won once in five league games but are fresh from their 1-0 win over Bani Yas in the Arabian Gulf League Cup.

Emirates are sixth in the table following a steady start to the sea­son, from which they’ve picked up two wins and a draw.

Al Nasr have two wins and two draws and will relish facing a Fujairah side who are winless and the joint lowest scorers in the division.

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Bani Yas to unleash Stracqualursi

Denzil Pinto 16/10/2014
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Height advantage: At 1.9m, Denis Stracqualursi is expected to offer plenty of options in the air.

New Bani Yas striker Denis Strac­qualursi is set to make his debut on Friday against Al Shabab in the Arabian Gulf League, as coach Luis Garcia bids to turn around the club’s fortunes after a frustrating start to the season.

The Argentine replaced Chile international Carlos Munoz, who moved to AGL champions Al Ahli on transfer deadline day earlier this month.

Stracqualursi arrives in the UAE capital from Ecuadorian Serie A side Emelec, and Garcia is hoping the former Everton loan player can be the man to kick-start the season.

“Denis Stracqualursi will play his debut tomorrow,” said Garcia. “He’s not proper match-fit but he will play some part.”

Standing at 1.9 metres tall, Garcia insists Stracqualursi will offer his team plenty of options.

The former Getafe coach added: “He’s a good player who is tall and he can give us that aerial strength and [he] is very good with his feet.”

The Spaniard also confirmed UAE internationals Amer Abdulrahman, Saleh Haboush and Ahmed Ali will return to the squad, having been called up for friendlies against Australia and Uzbekistan.

“The UAE players will return and play in the match. It’s another league game for us and we have to play this match well,” said Garcia.

Twelfth in the standings with just three points and no wins in five matches, the 41-year-old acknowl­edged that his team must improve if they have to do well this season.

He said: “I know the situation is tough but I want to work hard and do my best to sort out this problem. The international break is now over and we must focus on domestic matters.

“Al Shabab are a strong team, who have done very well so far this season. We have to be careful of their team because we know they are a dangerous side.”

And he is wary of the opponent’s striking options, with the team pos­sessing Henrique Luvannor and Carlos Villanueva, both scoring three times this season.

“We really have to be careful of how to deal with their strikers. They have very good players in Luvannor and Villanueva.” 

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