Round-Up: Gyan impresses for Al Ain but is unable to find the net
Al Ain star Asamoah Gyan failed to score on his Pro-League debut last night, but first half goals from Ismaeel Ahmed and Yasser Al Qahtani were enough to ensure Cosmin Olaroiu’s side took full points at home against Al Nasr.
Nine time champions Al Ain took the game to their opponents from the outset, having settled in quickly and pulled clear in the 14th minute when defender Ahmed climbed high to head home from a corner.
The goal should have been disallowed as Ahmed pushed Al Nasr’s Linardo Lima out of the way in his bid to connect with Rami Yaslam’s swinging flag-kick from the right.
It was livelier after the goal, with Al Ain pushing to double its advantage and Al Nasr committing more into attack in search of the equaliser.
But it was the home side that once again got the ball in the back of the net, the second goal arriving in the 33rd minute courtesy of Saudi international Al Qahtani, who smashed home the rebound after Mirel Radoi’s effort from 30 yards out was blocked by Nasr ‘keeper Abdullah Moosa.
Gyan showed his quality in the 61st, dribbling through a posse of Al Nasr shirts before rifling a shot which Moosa did well to get a hand to after dropping to his right. But the Ghana international will have to wait until the next round to get his name on the scoresheet.
Radoi said: “We are happy because we won three points but the important thing is I hope we get better and fight more in the next game because that’s the only way we can win the league.”
Elsewhere, Ajman were held to a 1-1 draw by last season’s runners-up Bani Yas. Ajman took the lead in the 23rd minute courtesy of a lovely individual effort from Ibrahima Toure, who latched on to long ball along the right, dribbled his way into the box and rounded the Bani Yas goalkeeper before sidefooting home from six yards out.
From the sidelines, Bani Yas coach Jorvan Vieira asked for better movement from his men and as they obliged, the Sky Blues started to see more of the ball.
And Oman international Fawzi Basheer would restore parity five minutes from the break, as Yousef Jaber broke swiftly along the right for the visitors.
Omani Basheer simply let the ball roll off his feet and past Ajman goalkeeper for the points to be split.