Wasting scoring chances have become all too familiar for Al Wahda in what has been a frustrating Arabian Gulf League campaign thus far.
But they found their goal touch last night as they came from behind to defeat Dibba 3-1, in a match required extra time, to reach the quarter-finals of the President’s Cup.
It had been Dibba who had opened the scoring nine minutes into the second half at the Al Maktoum Stadium as Driss Fettouhi scored from the penalty spot after Adil Al Hosani, the Wahda goalkeeper, had brought down Ahmed Ibrahim.
Wahda got back level 18 minutes from time through Sultan Al Ghafri’s long range effort, and they spurned a number chances to win the game in normal time as Khalil Ibrahim and Balazs Dzsudzsak missed efforts.
But it only took five minutes of extra time for them to get their noses in front as Hamdan Al Kamali found the net, and Ismail Matar added a third to ensure they could cruise through the closing minutes of the tie.
In yesterday’s other games, Emirates surprised Al Shabab 2-0.
Mourad Batna opened the scoring and Sebastian Sacha doubled the lead in the 77th minute to complete the win for a side sharing the second last spot in the league.
Joining them in the last eight are Al Nasr and Sharjah, who both overcame Division 1 opposition respectively in Dubai and Al Oruba.
Dubai’s Ahmed Malallah was sent off for his second bookable offence on 76 minutes and Nasr capitalised almost immediately through a strike from Brazilian Santos Wanderley for the only goal of their game.
Sharjah took an early 2-0 lead before surviving a fightback to win 3-2 at the Ittihad Kalba stadium.
The Brazilian Digao put Sharjah in front and Yousuf Saeed added a second in the first half.
Al Oruba’s Brazilian Vinicius closed the gap but Saif Al Shemili regained the two-goal cushion before a second from Vinicius 12 minutes from time kept the game alive until the final whistle.
The four winners join Al Ain, Al Wasl, Hatta and defending champions Al Jazira, who were all victorious on Monday, in the last eight of the competition.
• Al Wahda 3 (Al Ghafri 72’, Al Kamali 95’, Matar 108’) Dibba 1 (Fettouhi 54’)
• Emirates 2 (Batna 10’, Sacha 77’) Al Shabab 0’
• Al Nasr 1 (Wanderley 78’) Dubai 0
• Sharjah 3 (Digao 10’, Saeed 35’, Al Shemili 71’) Al Oruba 2 (Vinicius 54’, 78’)
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