Al Jazira players celebrate after Yaser Matar scores late on to seal victory over Al Wahda. Delores Johnson / The National
Al Jazira players celebrate after Yaser Matar scores late on to seal victory over Al Wahda. Delores Johnson / The National

Yaser Matar takes hero turn as Al Jazira triumph in frenzied Abu Dhabi derby



The story of the match

Yaser Matar’s goal in the last minute of added time gave Al Jazira a 3-2 win over city rivals Al Wahda and kept their title challenge on track in the Arabian Gulf League.

Jazira went into the second half leading 2-0 courtesy of Mirko Vucinic and Ali Mabkhout.

Then Sebastian Tagliabue scored twice, the second from a spot kick, for the visitors to draw level going into injury time. Just when it looked like the game was headed for a draw, though, Matar struck.

Matar, who came on as a substitute for the injured midfielder Khamis Ismail in the 24th minute, picked up a quick throw-in before smashing a fiercely struck right-footer towards the far corner of the net for a dramatic victory last night at the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium.

Jazira drew first blood. Basheer Saeed’s long throw into the area was cleared by Wahda defender Hussain Fadhel, but it fell into the path of Thiago Neves, who lobbed it towards the goal only to see it punched away by goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani.

That then fell to Abdulla Mousa, who floated the ball towards the goalmouth for Vucinic to expertly head it towards the far corner of the net with Al Hosani out of position.

Neves then split the Wahda defence with an immaculate overhead pass to set up Mabkhout inside the area. Played in one-on-one with Al Hosani, the UAE international gleefully tucked the ball into the back of the net to double the lead.

Wahda pushed hard early in the second half, and Hamdan Al Kamali’s effort bounced off the crossbar after a free kick from Denilson crashed against the wall of defenders.

Tagliabue pulled one back when Jazira keeper Ali Kasheif spilt a simple shot into his net, and the Argentine later converted a spot kick awarded against Jefferson Farfan for a foul.

Man of the match

Jazira needed a hero to arrive, and Yaser Matar emerged from nowhere to strike the winner in the dying seconds of the match.

What the managers said

Abel Braga, the Al Jazira coach, said: “I am not happy the way we played in the second half. The players were thinking they had already won the game and this attitude must change.

“We started well and played a good first half. I can’t say much about the second half. We were fortunate to win at the end.”

Javier Aguirre, the Wahda coach, said: “We witnessed a good game of football. We made some mistakes and conceded the goals, but that’s not unusual in a match. Jazira, too, made a few mistakes and we scored. I can’t be unhappy with the team’s performance. We still have a lot of work to improve.”

The National’s verdict

The manner in which Jazira came back to win the three points in the dying stages of the game showed the character of a team that can be regarded as a strong title challenger.

Body: Having begun their campaign in disappointment, beaten 2-1 at home by Al Wasl and followed by a narrow 2-1 away win over Sharjah, Jazira seem to be getting their act together.

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Where to donate in the UAE

The Emirates Charity Portal

You can donate to several registered charities through a “donation catalogue”. The use of the donation is quite specific, such as buying a fan for a poor family in Niger for Dh130.

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments

The site has an e-donation service accepting debit card, credit card or e-Dirham, an electronic payment tool developed by the Ministry of Finance and First Abu Dhabi Bank.

Al Noor Special Needs Centre

You can donate online or order Smiles n’ Stuff products handcrafted by Al Noor students. The centre publishes a wish list of extras needed, starting at Dh500.

Beit Al Khair Society

Beit Al Khair Society has the motto “From – and to – the UAE,” with donations going towards the neediest in the country. Its website has a list of physical donation sites, but people can also contribute money by SMS, bank transfer and through the hotline 800-22554.

Dar Al Ber Society

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Emirates Airline Foundation

Those who travel on Emirates have undoubtedly seen the little donation envelopes in the seat pockets. But the foundation also accepts donations online and in the form of Skywards Miles. Donated miles are used to sponsor travel for doctors, surgeons, engineers and other professionals volunteering on humanitarian missions around the world.

Emirates Red Crescent

On the Emirates Red Crescent website you can choose between 35 different purposes for your donation, such as providing food for fasters, supporting debtors and contributing to a refugee women fund. It also has a list of bank accounts for each donation type.

Gulf for Good

Gulf for Good raises funds for partner charity projects through challenges, like climbing Kilimanjaro and cycling through Thailand. This year’s projects are in partnership with Street Child Nepal, Larchfield Kids, the Foundation for African Empowerment and SOS Children's Villages. Since 2001, the organisation has raised more than $3.5 million (Dh12.8m) in support of over 50 children’s charities.

Noor Dubai Foundation

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Noor Dubai Foundation a decade ago with the aim of eliminating all forms of preventable blindness globally. You can donate Dh50 to support mobile eye camps by texting the word “Noor” to 4565 (Etisalat) or 4849 (du).

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If you go

The flights
Etihad (etihad.com) flies from Abu Dhabi to Luang Prabang via Bangkok, with a return flight from Chiang Rai via Bangkok for about Dh3,000, including taxes. Emirates and Thai Airways cover the same route, also via Bangkok in both directions, from about Dh2,700.
The cruise
The Gypsy by Mekong Kingdoms has two cruising options: a three-night, four-day trip upstream cruise or a two-night, three-day downstream journey, from US$5,940 (Dh21,814), including meals, selected drinks, excursions and transfers.
The hotels
Accommodation is available in Luang Prabang at the Avani, from $290 (Dh1,065) per night, and at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort from $1,080 (Dh3,967) per night, including meals, an activity and transfers.

Another way to earn air miles

In addition to the Emirates and Etihad programmes, there is the Air Miles Middle East card, which offers members the ability to choose any airline, has no black-out dates and no restrictions on seat availability. Air Miles is linked up to HSBC credit cards and can also be earned through retail partners such as Spinneys, Sharaf DG and The Toy Store.

An Emirates Dubai-London round-trip ticket costs 180,000 miles on the Air Miles website. But customers earn these ‘miles’ at a much faster rate than airline miles. Adidas offers two air miles per Dh1 spent. Air Miles has partnerships with websites as well, so booking.com and agoda.com offer three miles per Dh1 spent.

“If you use your HSBC credit card when shopping at our partners, you are able to earn Air Miles twice which will mean you can get that flight reward faster and for less spend,” says Paul Lacey, the managing director for Europe, Middle East and India for Aimia, which owns and operates Air Miles Middle East.


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