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Friday, January 30, 2015

United Arab Emirates Men's National Soccer Team News


January 30, 2015 - Ahmed Khalil scores brace, Ali Mabkhout kicks winner over Iraq
"Tournament leading scorer Ali Mabkhout netted a second half penalty as the United Arab Emirates claimed third place at the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 after edging out former champions Iraq 3-2 in a thrilling contest at Newcastle Stadium on Friday. Captain Ahmed Khalil opened the scoring for the UAE after 16 minutes only for Waleed Salim and Amjed Kalaf to turn the contest in favour of 2007 champions Iraq before half-time. But after Khalil levelled the entertaining contest at the start of the second half with his fourth of the campaign, Mabkhout coolly netted his fifth just before the hour mark after Iraq’s Ahmed Ibrahim had been sent-off to hand the 1996 finalists their second-best finish at the AFC Asian Cup." - Asian Cup

January 23, 2015 - UAE advance on penalty kicks over Japan
"Defending champions Japan crashed out of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 on penalties as Shinji Kagawa missed the decisive spot-kick as the United Arab Emirates secured a 5-4 win after a 1-1 draw between the teams at Stadium Australia on Friday. Keisuke Honda was also off target from 12 yards while Ismail Ahmed scored the winning penalty to eliminate the champions as the UAE reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1996.... Ali Mabkhout took his tally for the tournament to four from as many games with a well-taken effort in just the seventh minute but Gaku Shibasaki levelled nine minutes from time to take the game into extra-time after the Japanese finally secured a reward for their domination." - AFC

January 15, 2015 - Ali Mabkhout scores very quickly in win over Bahrain
"UAE cemented their place at the top of Group C with a 2-1 victory over Bahrain. UAE made a blistering start to the contest, opening the scoring after nineteen seconds through Ali Mabkhout. Mabkhout netted his third goal of the tournament after receiving a sumptuous pass from Omar Abdulrahman. The lead only lasted until midway through the first-half when Jaycee John powered home a header from a Faouzi Aaish corner. With just over a quarter of an hour remaining UAE retook the lead after Bahrian Captain Mohamed Hussain headed into his own net." - Asian Cup

January 11, 2015 - Ahmed Khalil & Ali Mabkhout each score braces in win over Qatar
"A brace each from forwards Ahmed Khalil and Ali Mabkhout gave the United Arab Emirates a comprehensive 4-1 win over Gulf Cup champions Qatar in their AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Group C opener at Canberra Stadium on Sunday. Two-time quarter-finalists Qatar took the lead courtesy of Khalfan Ibrahim’s 22nd minute chipped effort, but the scores were levelled on 36 minutes by former AFC Youth Player of the Year Khalil from close range. And set-pieces in the second half were to prove Qatar’s undoing as first Khalil on 51 minutes and then Mabkhout on 56 minutes profited from dead-ball situations, before Mabkhout got his second in the dying minutes of the game to help the UAE into the all-important knockout stage qualification spots in the opening round of Group C games." - AFC

December 30, 2014 - Haboush Saleh Habou scores winner over Jordan
"In Tuesday's warm-up fixture, Haboush Saleh Habou's last-gasp goal ensured the United Arab Emirates ran out 1-0 winners over Jordan on the Gold Coast." - Sportal

December 18, 2014 - roster updates, including Omar Abdulrahman return
"The UAE's AFC Asian Cup hopes have received a boost after injury doubt Omar Abdulrahman was named in the country’s 24-man squad for January’s continental showdown in Australia. Head coach Madhi Ali has included the Al Ain star after the 23-year-old was declared fit and sufficiently recovered following an injury he picked up during last month’s Gulf Cup of Nations semi-final. 'Omar Abdulrahman is fine, his doctor reports he has started jogging,' Ali said. 'He needs five to seven days to get back to full fitness. Amer Abdulrahman as well has a minor knock and should recover.' The side features six different players from the squad Ali took to the Gulf Cup with goalkeeper Majed Nasser and defender Hamdan Al Kamali among those earning a recall. Esmail Matter was one of the players replaced after the Al Wahda striker was reported to be out for at least three weeks with a neck injury." - AFC

November 25, 2014 - Ali Mabkhout scores in win over Oman
The UAE sealed third place at the 2014 Gulf Cup on Tuesday as Ali Mabkhout’s goal handed them a 1-0 win over Oman at the Prince Faisal Stadium in Riyadh. Oman nearly opened the scoring against their fellow AFC Asian Cup hopefuls after only five minutes when Saeed Al Ruzaiqi’s header was tipped to safety by UAE keeper Khalid Essa. The UAE duly responded with a Khamis Ismael shot that Oman custodian Al Al Habsi deflected onto the post in the first half’s last meaningful action. However, the UAE were to make the decisive breakthrough on the hour mark, substitute Mohamed Abdulrahman playing in Mabkhout who fired home a right-footed shot to give his side the lead and notch his fifth strike of the tournament." - AFC

November 20, 2014 - Ali Mabkhout scores brace in win over Iraq 
"Defending champions United Arab Emirates booked their place in the last four of the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations on Thursday after beating Iraq 2-0 at the King Fahd International Stadium. In what was a rematch of last year’s final, UAE broke the deadlock in the 50th minute when Ali Mabkhout received possession from Habib Al Fardan on the edge of the box and sent a unstoppable rocket into the top corner. Two minutes after the hour mark, a poor back-pass by Iraq defender Ali Faez allowed Ahmed Khalil to nip in ahead of Mustafa Nadhim and lay it off to Mabkhout, who raced through and finished past Jalal Hassan to seal the win for his side." - AFC 

November 6, 2014 - Ahmed Khalil scores hat-trick in win over Lebanon 
"Ahmed Khalil scored a second half hat-trick to lead his side to a 3-2 victory over Lebanon as the UAE looked to build some form heading into next week’s Gulf Cup. After both teams failed to score in the first half it appeared that Mahdi Ali’s side would continue with their recent struggles in front of goal before Khalil put on a goalscoring master-class after the break. The UAE had only scored two goals in their previous six international matches and, despite conceding a brace, will be more than happy with their display." - AFC

October 6, 2014 - Omar Abdulrahman out with knee injury
"Playmaker Omar Abdulrahman has pulled out of the United Arab Emirates squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Australia and Uzbekistan to rest a troublesome knee injury. The 23-year-old suffered the problem playing for his club Al Ain a fortnight ago but made it worse by completing 90 minutes in the Champions League semi-final exit to Al Hilal last week. He missed the 4-3 win over Al Jazira in the Arabian Gulf League on Sunday with his club coach Zlatko Dalic requesting that the country's best talent be allowed to rest in order to recover properly." - Daily Mail

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