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Diego Maradona unable to conjure upset for Fujairah against Al Ain in President’s Cup

Diego Maradona was unable to conjure upset for Fujairah against Al Ain in President's Cup as the Wolves go down 4-2 on Thursday night

Matt Monaghan 2018/04/12

Argentina icon Diego Maradona could not work his magic from the dugout as his lower-league Fujairah were beaten 4-2 by powerhouse Al Ain in the President’s Cup quarter-finals.

The tie of the round pitted the ambitious First Division League-outfit against the Arabian Gulf League’s champions-elect. A fitting contest followed on Thursday at Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club Stadium Al Aweer.

Maradona’s men – who are in the chase for automatic promotion back to the top flight for the first time since 2015/16 – took a shock eighth-minute lead through promising forward Mohamed Khalfan’s smart finish from a one-on-one. A response followed before the half-hour mark when prolific UAE striker Ahmed Khalil nodded home a bouncing ball for his sixth goal in purple.

The second followed for the Boss less than a minute later when Hussein El Shahat’s cross was critically deflected by veteran defender Hassan Ameen. The Egypt forward then definitely got his name on the score sheet before half-time when he superbly controlled and half-volleyed at the back stick.

Defender Khaled Abdullah gave the Wolves hope when he tucked in from a goal-mouth scramble shortly after the interval to make it 3-2. But the contest was taken away from them in second-half injury time when Brazilian forward Caio rounded goalkeeper Saleh Sadeq and placed into an open net.

Egypt forward Hussein El Shahat celebrates against Fujairah (UAE FA).

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