Mongolia may have had control of the shot count at the end, but the United Arab Emirates made those most of their chances by grabbing the 6-1 victory to improve to 2-0.
Mongolia knew they weren’t the favourites heading into the contest, but they knew if they stood a chance, they’d have to pepper Ahmed Al Dhaheri with shots from everywhere. They were able to fire 15 shots towards Al Dhareri in the first, but a late shorthanded marker from Juma Al Dhaheri helped give UAE The 1-0 lead after a period of action.
The second period saw UAE start to really take control of the game, finishing the period with the 3-0 advantage. Yahya Al Jneibi scored quickly in the second, potting a goal just nine seconds after Mongolia’s period-opening penalty resulted in no goals. Three minutes later, Mongolia’s ongoing parade to the box hurt them on the scoreboard as Omar Al Shamisi put one past the Mongolian netminder to secure the 3-0 lead before the game was half over.
The Emirates were able to add an extra three goals late in the game, but the real story wasn’t the offense. With four minutes to go, Juma Al Dhaheri hit an opposing player from behind, causing a scrum immediately afterwards. The hit resulted in a game misconduct, meaning one of UAE’s best players will be forced to sit out the Emirates game against Macau on Tuesday. Luckily, Macau comes in as the lowest ranked team in the event so they should be fine, and with a 2-0 record to start the Challenge Cup of Asia, UAE should be fine once the tournament gets down to the wire.
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