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Arabian Gulf League: Al Nasr thrash Al Wasl 6-1

Dubai: There was no love lost between neighbours as Al Nasr ran riot for a thumping 6-1 win over ten-man Al Wasl in the ninth round of the Arabian Gulf League here on Wednesday.

Reduced to ten men after less than five minutes following a direct red card to defender Yasser Salem, Al Wasl never managed to regroup as the Bur Dubai club went on a scoring spree to lead 4-0 by the half-time whistle.

The home team added two more in the second half and then clamped down in defence to complete one of the most severe routs of their neighbours in the history of the professional era.

The win helped Al Nasr move up two places from fifth into third with 16 points, two clear of Bani Yas who are scheduled to play defending champions Al Ain on Thursday.

Al Wasl remained in seventh with 13 points, but faced with the possibility of slipping down further after Thursday’s fixtures are complete.

Things started happening as early as the fourth minute when Yaser Salem brought down Hassan Mohammad on the edge of the penalty area and referee Fahad Al Kassar Banihammad flashed a direct red to the Al Wasl defender.

Brazilian Leonardo Lima stepped up and converted the ensuing penalty kick to put the home side ahead. Though taking the lead, Al Nasr continued pressing and were rewarded with a second goal in the 19th minute when Australian Brett Holman accepted a defence-splitting pass on the left from the centre and passed to an unmarked Eder Luis de Oliveira to tap in.

Holman then got his name on the score-list and make it 3-0 in the 25th minute when he was at hand to jab home from close after goalkeeper Ahmad Mahmoud had spilled a long try from Lima.

Hassan Mohammad all but sealed the three points for the home team a minute after the half hour when he latched on to a defensive lapse and curled in a left footer.

The home team consolidated their position further ten minutes into the second half when Hassan Ameen was felled by Al Wasl defender Othman Al Hamour and Habib Al Fardan made no mistake in converting with a dainty chip to make it 5-0.

Al Nasr were not yet finished as Al Fardan got his second on the night after jabbing home an inch-perfect cross from substitute Fahad Obaid.

Al Wasl finally managed to pull back a consolation goal three minutes from the full-time whistle when Mariano Donda’s free kick ricocheted over Al Nasr goalkeeper Yousuf Abdullah.