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THE WEEK THAT WAS

* Best Custodian: Ali Al Housani of Al Wahda, who showed outstanding form in the Abu Dhabi Derby and kept the Al Ain’s players at bay saving eight serious attempts to lead his team to win the encounter by a single goal.

*Eccentric Coach of the Week: Brazilian coach Paulo Comelli of the Emirates couldn’t keep his calm in the match against Al Ahli. He protested almost all the referee’s decisions against his team and showed his dismay at all the chances his team lost.

*Goal of the Week: Sebastian Tagliabue of Al Wahda scored a beautiful goal while closely marked by both central defenders of Al Ain. He controlled the aerial ball, lobed over Esmail Ahmad and then shot between the legs of Muhannad Al Enazy to score the only goal of the match.

*Curse of Stardom: Luis Jimenez of Al Ahli and Abdul Aziz Barrada of Al Jazira both play a big role in their teams but they were both victims of silly fouls that earned each of them two yellow cards to be sent off. They will miss their team’s next matches in the 19th week.

*Happy Wedding: Abdul Aziz Haikal, the Al Ahli defender, left his wedding party to take part in the match against Emirates. His colleagues dedicated the victory to him.

*Be humble please: Bakari Kone, the French player of Ajman, was not pleased to be substituted in the seventh minute of his team’s match against Al Wasl and showed his disgust by throwing a bottle of water. He should know no player is more important than the team’s cause.

*Coach of the Week: Abdul Wahab Abdul Gadir of Ajman, who led his team to their second successive victory to escape the relegation zone. They beat Al Jazira in the 17th week and then Al Wasl in the 18th.

*Question of the Week: How can Dubai hope to escape the drop zone as they have now failed to score a single goal for the third week in a row?