Third-Place Playoff: Nine-man Al Hilal fall to Al Ahly
Abu Dhabi: Nine-man Al Hilal SFC ended their FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 campaign in fourth place following a 4-0 defeat against CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly of Egypt at Al Nahyan Stadium on Saturday.
January signing Mohammed Al Owais conceded his first goal in Al Hilal colours just eight minutes into his debut after Tunisian left-back Ali Maaloul whipped a cross into the far post that was met by a header from defender Yasser Ibrahim to give Al Ahly an early lead.
Dubai: The UAE Football Association announced on Saturday the departure of men’s national team head coach Bert van Marwijk and the technical team.
The 69-year-old Dutchman was shown the door with two matches remaining for UAE in the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar. The West Asian side are third in Group A with Islamic Republic of Iran and Korea Republic having already booked their places to the Finals.
Kuala Lumpur: Islamic Republic of Iran have maintained their position as Asia’s top team, sitting in 21st spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday.
Team Melli were the first Asian team to confirm their spot in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after beating Iraq on Matchday Seven of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar with Dragan Skocic’s side having won seven and drawn one of their eight matches en route to qualifying impressively.