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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan scores hat-trick to revive Al Ain campaign and send Al Shaab to relegation

Published on: 11 April 2014
Asamoah Gyan scored a hat-trick

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan scored a hat-trick to breath live into Al Ain's faint title hopes and condemn Al Shaab to relegation from the UAE top-flight league.

It was once again a night that highlighted Gyan's swashbuckling form upfront this season as he claimed his second hat-trick in the Pro League campaign and increase his domestic league tally to 24 in 23 outings.

The Ghana captain's final goal was amazing after leaving about three defenders in his wake with pace, power and supreme dribbling skills before firing a long-range shot beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.

Gyan scored twice in the first-half (12th and 45th) minutes to send Ain into a 2-0 lead, showing virtually no mercy for a fractured Shaab defence at the Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium.

Perhaps the presence of Gyan's elder brother Baffour and some of his friends in the stands boosted his confidence to once again establish himself as the league's most outstanding player despite the presence of Grafite and other top world-class players in the league.

Mohammad Abdul Rahman and Rayyan Yaslam scored twice after the break to seal the point for Ain and it became a game for glory as Gyan grabbed his third of the evening with a sensation strike stoppage-time, smashing the ball past a hapless Shaab keeper from inside of the box.

Thursday evening was yet another scintillating moment for the Ghana captain who registered his 11th strike in nine continuous league games.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Bright Baffour says:
    April 11, 2014 11:29 pm
    All hail gyan
  • Viper says:
    April 11, 2014 11:44 am
    Dude,what are you talking about???Gyan is the most prolific African striker at the world cup,he is Ghana's leading goal scoring,has scored goals where ever he's been and lets face it Gyan has nothing to prove to anyone anymore.
  • Ckb says:
    April 11, 2014 09:48 am
    Even Baffour in the stance will fancy his chances against these lot twiaa!! He probably has the best contract in the history of Ghana football or even Africa but the competition is RUBBISH!! But the family is sorted no wonder Baffour stop playing so early
  • boro says:
    April 11, 2014 08:51 am
    Good job and my emphasis are on the first goal. I have always said that one-on-one with a goalkeeper, a good striker should always score. This is because the goalkeeper always moves with slight movement of the scorers’ legs. Therefore it is always easy to dummy the goalkeeper to have free range at the goal. The South American strikers are excellent with this technique. This is exactly what Gyan did and if he is able to continue this way the sky will be the limit. He is one of the most skillful strikers in the continent but in the past he would have gone for power which will either go wide, over the bar or hit the goalkeeper. He is gradually becoming the mature goal poacher we all look forward for. The Saudi league might not be one of the best leagues but I am looking at the technique and if it is good it can always work anywhere no matter the league. Keep it up and you will be less wasteful in Brazil.
  • Dr Who says:
    April 11, 2014 05:03 am
    Our WC opponents are in trouble
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    April 11, 2014 06:04 am
    Wow am very surprised that some of you folks are rejoicing over the those goals Gyan is scoring in this mediocre league. The question is not about the goals he's scoring buh the fact that he's lost his sharpness cuz he's not playing in the elite league which is very much competitive. It remains to be seen if he can replicate this same form in the WC, I really have my doubts though cuz we all saw his mediocre performance in the last two nations cup in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea & SA respectively. He was undone by amateur defenders simply because he wasn't on form and due to lack of sharpness, am not hating here buh just tryna be realistic.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    April 11, 2014 06:08 am
    If there is any player or striker that I will have my hopes on for the WC then its definitely gonna be Waris, I think he's gonna be our secret weapon in Brazil. As for the Gyan hmmmm I really have my doubts buh I hope he proves me wrong though.
  • selfmade says:
    April 11, 2014 04:09 am
    Gyan has proved to us that it doesn't matter where one ply his trade, with determination,vim and vigor, one can be successful!! Infact, it doesn't matter where one finds himself, if u push a bit harder, u can be successful! Ghanaians should take a clue from gyan success and let us to pull all our resources togather and I bet anyone that Ghana ll be a better place to live in!! God bless this young man because he has proved all the cynics, doomsayers and haters wrong big time and if there is a BOLDER,BRAVE GHANAIAN with a lions heart, gyan is the man! Am personally very proud of this guy and he has shown us that he knew what he was doing when he made that move to uae! God bless u dude and u have really been a wonderful epitome of confidence and self esteem!!
  • Ogya says:
    April 11, 2014 03:00 am
  • Paapa1 says:
    April 11, 2014 12:53 am
    Good one there!!!