President's Cup: Gyan treble fires Al Ain past Sharjah
AL AIN 4 (A. Gyan 45’, 69’, 90’, Ramos (og) 62’)
SHARJAH 1 (Ze Carlos 4’)
Sharjah coach Paulo Bonamigo felt his team lacked the belief to beat Al Ain, as The Boss came from behind to win 4-1 in Tuesday night’s President’s Cup tie at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.
Sharjah took an early lead through Ze Carlos but Asamoah Gyan equalised on the stroke of half time before going on to complete a hat-trick after an own goal from defender Mauricio Ramos had put Al Ain in front early in the second period.
Sharjah’s Abdelrahman Shaheen was then sent off with 10 minutes to go for a second bookable offence.
Bonamigo said: “The turning point in the match was their second goal. We were playing well until then, but after this we lost our emotional control – our heads dropped, their spirits were lifted.
“In my opinion, big games are decided in the small details and today this happened. We gave them chances to score two goals with two mistakes.”
Sharjah took the lead on four minutes. Al Ain’s playmaker Omar Abdulrahman got caught in possession in his own area and was lucky to only concede a throw-in for his carelessness.
However, Saeed Al Khaleifi found Ze Carlos on the edge of the six-yard box with his throw and the Brazilian was able to roll Salem Alamin and fire it past Khalid Eisa in the Al Ain goal.
Gyan headed a glorious opportunity wide on 18 minutes but he did get the equaliser just before the interval. Bastos gathered possession on the left and delivered a low cross into the penalty area.
It looked like a simple clearance for Ramos but he missed the ball completely and Gyan was on hand to take advantage, tucking it past Mohamed Alhosani.
Ze Carlos could have restored Sharjah’s advantage five minutes into the second half, but for a goal-line clearance by Alamin, and it was Al Ain who pushed on and got a second.
Bastos’ cross from the left seemed harmless but Ramos was taking no chances and his attempted block ended up squeezing in at the near post.
Bonamigo says his players lost concentration from here, but there wasn’t much they could have done about the third which was beautifully worked with Gyan starting and finishing the move.
Shaheen saw red before Brosque was taken down for a penalty in injury-time, which Gyan duly dispatched to complete his treble.
PRESIDENT'S CUP RESULTS
Al Nasr 3-2 Fujairah
Dubai Club 1-4 Al Shabab
Al Thaid 2-3 Al Shaab
Al Wasl 2-1 Ajman
Al Jazira 0-1 Al Wahda
Al Ain 4-1 Sharjah
Emirates 1-3 Al Ahli
Al Dhafra 2-1 Bani Yas