Shabab Al Ahli book place in the semi-finals of the Pro League Cup

Al Jazira advance to last four with victory over Kalba

Shabab Al Ahli striker Mehdi Ghayedi, centre, scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over Ajman in the Pro League Cup quarter-finals at Rashid bin Saeed Stadium on Monday, January 3, 2022. Photo: PLC

Shabab Al Ahli stayed on course to defend the Pro League Cup after edging out Ajman 1-0 at the Rashid bin Saeed Stadium on Monday to advance to the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate.

Mehdi Ghayedi fired in the only goal when rifled home a low left-foot shot on 32 minutes.

Al Jazira rallied from a goal down at the Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium to edge past Kalba 2-1 (5-4 on aggregate) to book their place in the last four.

Sultan Ali towered above the home defence to head home a Robert Zulj corner to give Kalba a 15th-minute lead.

Kalba’s joy was short lived as Abdalla Ramadan levelled with a powerful shot that nestled in the top corner three minutes later.

Kalba goalkeeper Jamal Ismail then gifted the home side the lead when he fumbled a high cross from Salim Rashid for Bruno de Oliveira to pounce on the loose ball.

Joao Victor Santos had a golden opportunity to stretch Jazira’s lead three minutes from time but the Brazilian midfielder’s effort with only Ismail to beat went harmlessly wide.

Updated: January 4th 2022, 6:08 AM