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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan strikes to hand Al Ain vital win in Champions League

Published on: 06 May 2014
Asamoah Gyan leads the gaolscoring chart in the Asian Champions League

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan was on target again to hand Al Ain a massive first leg advantage in their Asian Champions League tie against Al Jazira on Tuesday night.

The Black Stars captain opened the scoring with a cool finish in the 11th minute of the away match played in Abu Dhabi.

Gyan’s opener extends his tally as the leading scorer in this season’s continental competition with eight goals.

It also means the 28-year-old has racked up an impressive 36 goals in all competitions this season.

Al Ain extended their lead four minutes later through Omar Abdulrahman but their hosts got what eventually proved to be a consolation 13 minutes into the restart through Mussalem Fayez.

In the first ever Champions League clash between the UAE clubs, Gyan and Abdulrahman's strikes in the 11th and 15th minutes to gave Group C winners Al Ain a 2-0 lead at the half-time.

Al Jazira pulled one back through Musallem Fayez in the 58th minute, but Al Ain held on for the win.

The dethroned UAE champions now take a commanding 2-1 lead into the return encounter which will be played next Tuesday.

Al Ain have flourished in Asia this term despite their very disappointing domestic campaign which guarantees them at best only a third place finish.

Gyan’s personal form however excites many as he prepared to join the Black Stars for June’s World Cup in Brazil.


This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • Lincopper says:
    May 07, 2014 09:04 am
    don't fool yourslef..he scored against USA ... during his time in Sunderland .. He scored against big clubs like Chelsea.. when Ghana play against Egypt, He manage to score 2 goals.. what more do you want from a striker.. you are jxt a 9ja hater...
  • ik says:
    May 07, 2014 09:09 am asian team can beat al alyi of egypt or even warri wolves go to competitive league let's look wether u can score 15goals a season in all competitn.asian league nt competitiv dats y 9ja ddnt invite any player frm asia.
  • lolvsfunny says:
    May 07, 2014 08:57 am
    A goal scorer is a goal scorer whether it is in the monkey kingdom or in the baboon kingdom
  • 9ja says:
    May 07, 2014 06:56 am
    Stupids lazy gaynians players only score goals in a very low leage.
  • 9ja says:
    May 07, 2014 07:16 am
  • 9ja says:
    May 07, 2014 06:51 am
    Hahahahahaha, only a black star gaynian can hide in a very very low leage to score goals.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    May 07, 2014 01:09 am
    Massa you should be playing in the much competitive UCL not this mediocre ACL which is nothing to write home about, Gyan can score 25 goals in only the ACL alone buh it still wont be recognized by the footballing world cuz its a mediocre tourney. It remains to be seen if he can replicate this so called form in Brazil.
  • tbdarko says:
    May 07, 2014 12:37 am
  • Adebayo says:
    May 06, 2014 09:23 pm
    There is no doubt about his scoring ability! Nevertheless, one cannot help wondering how he will perform against sharper defenders. He had five clear chances at goal in this match and only scored the one that was perhaps the most difficult. Was he unmotivated or just unlucky?
  • Viper says:
    May 06, 2014 08:46 pm
    A good goal by any standards,he now takes his Champions league tally to 13? Not bad,at least it shows he performing in all competitions not just the league and will probably win the golden boot race.
  • pkyg says:
    May 07, 2014 11:28 pm
    Whoever thinks Gyan league is mediocre league shld go there and play so he can also be paid $ 120,000 per week