Wanderley double ensures Al Nasr’s 3-0 win

 25 Aug 2016 - 5:35

Wanderley double ensures Al Nasr’s 3-0 win
El Jaish’s Romarinho (right) vies for the ball with Al Nasr’s Amir Mubarak during their Asian Champions League quarter-final first leg match played at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha yesterday. Al Nasr beat 3-0 El Jaish.



DOHA: A brace from striker Wanderley helped Al Nasr claim an emphatic 3-0 win over Qatar Stars League giants El Jaish in the first leg of the 2016 AFC Champions League quarter-final on yesterday as the Emiratis took a giant step towards reaching their first ever semi-final.
After a slow start at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium, the game burst into life as half-time approached and Wanderley gave Al Nasr the lead shortly before the interval.
Jonathan Pitroipa’s second of the campaign put the visitors two up on 54 minutes, before Wanderley’s double with six minutes remaining wrapped up a resounding victory ahead of September’s return fixture in Dubai.
Wanderley fired in from 20 yards in the sixth minute, but goalkeeper Khalifa Ababacar was down well to tip wide.
With 35 minutes on the clock, Khaled Al Zrigi burst through the middle with purpose for El Jaish and laid the ball off to Magid Mohamed, whose powerful strike from distance flew just over.
With the tie now having a more open feel to it, Al Nasr’s Abdelaziz Barrada headed off target from Mahmoud Khamis’ cross from the left two minutes later, before Al Nasr finally broke the deadlock in the 45th minute.
Captain Tariq Ahmed spotted the run of Pitroipa and played a sumptuous dinked ball over the top that the Burkina Faso international laid off first time, taking the outrushing Ababacar out of the game and allowing Wanderley to tap into an empty net.
By way of a response, El Jaish coach Sabri Lamouchi introduced former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita into the action at the start of the second half, but the move did not have the desired effect as Al Nasr doubled their lead nine minutes after the restart with a wonderfully worked goal.
Moroccan international Abdelaziz Barrada received Pitroipa’s pass down the right before squaring the ball back to the lively forward, who burst into the box and fizzed a shot into the bottom right corner from 16 yards to put the Emiratis in a commanding position.
Rashidov shot over from eight yards out with 15 minutes remaining as El Jaish sought to give themselves hope going into the second leg.
El Jaish were duly caught out on the break in the 84th minute as Al Nasr substitute Salem Saleh found Wanderley with a lovely outside-of-the-foot ball and the frontman took one touch before coolly slotting home from six yards.
And with less than a minute left of the clock Ahmed Al Yassi cleared off the Al Nasr line from Keita’s header to ensure Ivan Jovanovic’s team will start next month’s second leg three goals to the good.

The Peninsula