Fabio De Lima, centre, scored Al Wasl's opener during the 2-1 victory over Al Wahda on Thursday night. Courtesy Arabian Gulf League
Fabio De Lima, centre, scored Al Wasl's opener during the 2-1 victory over Al Wahda on Thursday night. Courtesy Arabian Gulf League

Ronaldo Mendes strikes late as Al Wasl edge Al Whada to reclaim second in AGL table

Al Wasl have moved up to second in the Arabian Gulf League after Ronaldo Mendes scored a late winner to clinch a 2-1 victory over Al Wahda at the Zabeel Stadium on Thursday night.

Fabio de Lima put the home side ahead on eight minutes, only for Wahda forward Ismail Matar to score the equaliser three minutes into the second half.

There was late drama as Wahda defender Hamdan Al Kamali was sent off for a second bookable offence towards the end of regulation time.

Wasl then seized the numerical advantage to score the winner off a free kick four minutes into added time, with Mendes’s shot taking a slight deflection off the head of Suhail Al Mansoor and into the back of the net.

Wasl opened the scoring from a counter attack when Caio Canedo picked up a long pass from Mendes before slipping it to De Lima to curl it into the back of the net from just inside the area.

Wasl goalkeeper Humaid Abdulla did well to tip the ball over from a dipping Matar free kick in the first half but he had no answer to a well-executed chipped shot from the Wahda captain after the break.

Wasl nearly regained the lead but Ahmed Al Shamsi’s free kick cannoned off the near post. However, just when the game appeared to be heading for a draw, Mendes struck from a 30-yard free kick.

The result took Wasl’s points tally to 36, five behind leaders Al Jazira, who play Kalba on Friday night at the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium.

Al Ain meet Al Nasr in Friday’s late game and will have the opportunity to regain second spot.

Meanwhile, Wahda’s frustration continued as they will now miss the services of Al Kamali in Tuesday’s Asian Champions League play-off against Al Wehdat of Jordan.

In the early game, the Sharjah manager Jose Peseiro endured another frustrating night as his side were held to a scoreless draw by Al Dhafra at the Hamdan bin Zayed stadium.

It was their third 0-0 result in four games since the Portuguese took charge more than a month ago.

However, Sharjah can take some positives from the result and their overall performance under Peseiro as they have conceded only one goal, in last week’s 1-0 home defeat to leaders Al Jazira.

For Dhafra, it was their third successive draw after the 4-0 trouncing from Jazira on December 22.


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Dubai works towards better air quality by 2021

Dubai is on a mission to record good air quality for 90 per cent of the year – up from 86 per cent annually today – by 2021.

The municipality plans to have seven mobile air-monitoring stations by 2020 to capture more accurate data in hourly and daily trends of pollution.

These will be on the Palm Jumeirah, Al Qusais, Muhaisnah, Rashidiyah, Al Wasl, Al Quoz and Dubai Investment Park.

“It will allow real-time responding for emergency cases,” said Khaldoon Al Daraji, first environment safety officer at the municipality.

“We’re in a good position except for the cases that are out of our hands, such as sandstorms.

“Sandstorms are our main concern because the UAE is just a receiver.

“The hotspots are Iran, Saudi Arabia and southern Iraq, but we’re working hard with the region to reduce the cycle of sandstorm generation.”

Mr Al Daraji said monitoring as it stood covered 47 per cent of Dubai.

There are 12 fixed stations in the emirate, but Dubai also receives information from monitors belonging to other entities.

“There are 25 stations in total,” Mr Al Daraji said.

“We added new technology and equipment used for the first time for the detection of heavy metals.

“A hundred parameters can be detected but we want to expand it to make sure that the data captured can allow a baseline study in some areas to ensure they are well positioned.”

The five pillars of Islam

Rugby World Cup (all times UAE)

Final: England v South Africa, Saturday, 1pm

Seven tips from Emirates NBD

1. Never respond to e-mails, calls or messages asking for account, card or internet banking details

2. Never store a card PIN (personal identification number) in your mobile or in your wallet

3. Ensure online shopping websites are secure and verified before providing card details

4. Change passwords periodically as a precautionary measure

5. Never share authentication data such as passwords, card PINs and OTPs  (one-time passwords) with third parties

6. Track bank notifications regarding transaction discrepancies

7. Report lost or stolen debit and credit cards immediately

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