Diego Maradona's Fujairah held to draw as Argentine legend makes UAE Division One debut in dugout

Barking orders: Maradona.

Argentina icon Diego Maradona was denied a winning start in the UAE Division One League as Jordan midfielder Ahmed Samir’s second-half penalty earned Al Orouba a 1-1 stalemate at ambitious Fujairah.

The controversial World Cup 1986 champion looked set for a winning return to league management in his first post since being sacked by Al Wasl in July 2012 after winger Mohammed Khalfan clumsily turned in a cross during the 26th minute at a sparsely populated Fujairah Stadium on the east coast.

The goal was met with wild celebration in the Wolves dugout, Maradona being lifted up and high fives being shared with the scorer.

But a second goal would not arrive for a club determined to gain another spell in the Arabian Gulf League, following their previous tenure between 2014-16.

It was then left for Al Jazeera loanee Samir to hold his nerve and slot in from 12 yards to earn a draw.

Photos courtesy of Fujairah.

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Brazil were given stern examination of their credentials by Iran in the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup before eventually progressing to Saturday’s final with a 6-4 win.

The world champions will take on Portugal on the final day, having been given a real scare by Marco Octavio’s Iran who recovered from 5-2 down to get within a goal of the holders thanks to the impressive Mostafa Kiani.

However, Brazil gathered themselves and will seek to claim a third Dubai title against Portugal at the Marasi Business Bay vene.

Datinha got the ball rolling for Brazil with a goal three minutes in and, after Mohamad Ahmadzadeh saw his header clip the crossbar, Iran levelled courtesy of Seyed Ali Name’s cool finish after a lapse at the back from the holders.
Brazil restored their advantage before the break when Bokinha finished high into the roof of the net from close range after good work from Rodrigo and Fernando DDI.


Filipe Silva struck 10 seconds after the interval with Datinha’s outrageous long-range free-kick beating Peyman Hosseini to keep momentum firmly with Brazil.



Mostafa’s free-kick brought Iran within two but Bruno Xavier provided Brazil’s response by hammering a free-kick high into the roof of the net to put the holders in a comfortable position with 12 minutes to play.
Amid a tightly contested finale, a handling error from Mao allowed Mostafa to grab his second set-piece of the evening before the defender dragged Iran within a goal of parity to ask further questions of Brazil.
However, as is often the case with the world champions, Brazil responded with a wonderful goal - Mauricinho chesting in a cross from Datinha to ease the pressure.
The sixth goal took the wind out of Iran sails somewhat, although Mao was still required to make two magnificent stops to keep his side in control and avoid any late scares.
Goals: 1-0: Datinha min. 9 (1); 1-1: Nazem, min. 1 (1); 2-1: Boquinha, min. 0 (1); 3-1: Filipe Silva, min. 10 (2); 4-1: Datinha. min. 8 (2); 4-2: Mostafa, min. 4 (2); 5-2: Bruno Xavier, min. 1 (2); 5-3: Mostafa, min. 6 (3); 5-4: Mostafa, min. 3 (3); 6-4: Mauricinho, min. 2 (3)
Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup 2017
Friday 03.11.17
16:15 - Egypt 6-5 Mexico (Fifth-place play-off) (AET)
17:30 - Paraguay 1-4 UAE (Fifth-place play-off)
18:45 - Russia 2-3 Portugal (Semi-final)
20:00 - Iran 4-6 Brazil (Semi-final)
Saturday 04.11.17
16:15 - Mexico v Paraguay (Seventh-place play-off)
17:30 - Egypt v UAE (Fifth-place play-off)
18:45 - Russia v Iran (Third-place play-off)
20:00 - Portugal v Brazil (Final)


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The UAE were beaten by Brazil for a second time in the competition

Brazil dished out another punishing defeat for the UAE at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup on Thursday, sealing their Group A campaign with a 15-4 win.

Gilberto Costa’s men will head into the semi-finals full of confidence after setting a new record for goals in a single match at the competition, with four-goal Ze Lucas among the key players in a one-sided contest.

The UAE – beaten 11-1 by Brazil in 2016 – will hope to recover quickly for their fifth-place play-off quest tomorrow and Saturday.

Having fallen behind to Haitham Alkaabi, Brazil responded in clinical fashion as Bruno Xavier’s brace, coupled with further first-period goals from Fernando DDI and Lucao helped put the world champions in control

Ahmed Beshr did reduce the deficit but the Verdeamarela dominance continued in the second frame as Mauricinho and Rodrigo joined the party.

A smart close-range finish ensured Lucao his second of the game before goalkeeper Rafa Padilha beat opposite number Humaid Jamal as the UAE struggled to deal with their opponents’ all-round threat.

Ze Lucas’ second took Brazil into double figures, with Waleed Beshr’s penalty reducing the deficit slightly before the interval.

Ze Lucas was the man at the heart of things for Brazil

However, momentum quickly swung back in Brazil’s direction, Rodrigo cooly slotting underneath Mohamed Aljasmi before captain Bruno Xavier’s free-kick saw his side become the first nation to score 12 goals in a game in the competition’s history.

A. Beshr pulled another back for the UAE, but Ze Lucas added two more before Bruno Xavier completed the scoring with a calm finish in what as an utterly dominant win ahead of Friday’s semi-finals.

Goals: 1-0: Haitham, min. 10 (1); 1-1: Bruno Xavier, min. 10 (1); 1-2: Ze Lucas, min. 5 (1); 1-3: Bruno Xavier, min. 3 (1); 2-3: A. Beshr, min. 2 (1); 2-4: Fernando DDI, min. 1 (1); 2-5: Lucao, min. 0 (1); 2-6: Mauricinho, min. 10 (2); 2-7: Rodrigo, min. 8 (2); 2-8: Lucao, min. 6 (2); 2-9: Rafa Padilha, min. 4 (2); 2-10: Ze Lucas, min. 1 (2); 3-10: W. Beshr, min. 0 (2); 3-11: Rodrigo, min. 10 (3); 3-12: Bruno Xavier, min. 8 (3); 4-12: A. Beshr, min. 5 (3); 4-13: Ze Lucas, min. 5 (3); 4-14: Ze Lucas, min. 4 (3); 4-15: Bruno Xavier, min. 3 (3)

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Thursday 01.11.17

16:15 – Mexico 4-5 Paraguay
17:30 – Egypt (1) 6-6 (3) Portugal
18:45 – UAE 4-15 Brazil
20:00 – Iran v Russia

Friday 02.11.17

16:15 – Egypt v Mexico (Fifth-place play-off)
17:30 – Paraguay v UAE (Fifth-place play-off)
18:45 – Semi-finals (TBC)
20:00 – Semi-finals (TBC)

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