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Al Shabab (UAE) 1-4 Ettifaq

26 April 2009 No Comment

Source: www.the-afc.com

Ioan Andone’s half-time team talk spurred Ettifaq to an impressive second half performance as the Saudi Arabian side earned a comprehensive 4-1 win over Al Shabab on Tuesday.

Ghanaian striker Prince Tagoe scored a hat-trick – with two of this three strikes coming in the second half – to earn his team a come-from-behind victory that saw them claim all three points in the Group D encounter.

Marcus Assuncao had given Al Shabab the lead in the 15th minute, only for Tagoe to level the scores on the half-hour mark. Two more strikes in the second half and a fourth Ettifaq goal from Abdulrahman Al Qahtani sealed the points for the Saudis.

“We didn’t have any concentration in the first half but at half time, I told the players to play with our usual style and play the short and quick passes in addition to increase the play on the flanks,” said Andone.

Ettifaq top Group D with nine points from four matches, two more than Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor while Sepahan from Iran are in third on four points.

Al Shabab prop up the table with three points and are on the verge of elimination having won just once in four games.

“Our form in the first half was good as the players were disciplined and they were fully concentrated on the game,” said coach Toninho Cerezo.

“We have now a difficult task but we will try our best to continue our work in order to take advantage of our continental campaign. We have a group of players with certain capabilities and we will try to use the competition well.”

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