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Jordan take pole position as Bahrain slip


Sunday, January 13, 2019
UAE 1 - 1 Bahrain - WAFF

Muharraq: Jordan moved a step closer to a fourth WAFF Women's Championship title with victory over Palestine, while Bahrain dropped their first points of the competition against United Arab Emirates on Matchday Four in Bahrain.


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 1-1 BAHRAIN

Bahrain's perfect record suffered a blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw by a United Arab Emirates side playing their final match of the competition.

The hosts got off to a flying start when tournament revelation Hessa Alisa scored a superb 19th-minute opener, as the 23-year-old seized on a sloppy pass to slam the ball into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards.

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The goal was the Bahraini's star's fourth in three matches, but it was cancelled out by a deft headed equaliser by Alanoud Aladwan in the 35th minute.

Despite their best efforts, neither side could find a decisive goal, leaving Bahrain all to play for in Tuesday's final match against Jordan.

PALESTINE 0-3 JORDAN

Jordan took full advantage of Bahrain's draw, powering to the top of the table with a commanding 3-0 win over Palestine in Matchday Four's late kick-off.

Abeer Alnahar's 16th-minute opener got the Jordanians up and running, before Raya Hina continued her rich vein of form to double the advantage in the 36th minute.

Hina's second goal - putting her level with Alisa at the top of the scorers' chart - sealed the victory for Al Nashmiyat with seven minutes remaining and set up a mouth-watering final-day scenario.

Jordan's win means they will only need a draw against Bahrain on Tuesday to retain their title, while defeat will see the hosts win the West Asian women's crown for the first time.


Matchday Four Fixtures

Palestine v Lebanon Jordan v Bahrain