This was UAE’s second straight draw after being held to a goalless draw at home by Lebanon last week
Ali Mabkhout wrote his name in the history books with an opportunistic strike that helped the prolific striker equal Brazilian legend Pele’s record as the seventh-highest international scorer of all time with 77 goals. But his effort was not enough to give UAE their first win in the third round of the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.
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A fast-paced game at King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman, Jordan, saw UAE play out a 1-1 draw with Syria.
This was UAE’s second straight draw after being held to a goalless draw at home by Lebanon last week.
Having lost the first game to Iran 1-0, Syria staged an impressive fightback on Tuesday to earn their first point in the qualifying campaign, thanks to a 64th-minute goal from Mahmood Al Baher.
The visitors opened their account with their very first chance as Syrian goalkeeper Ibrahim Alma failed to handle Shahin Abdulrahman’s long-range pass, allowing the ball to slip through to Ali Mabkhout who was perfectly positioned to poke home his 77th international goal, surpassing Argentine legend Lionel Messi and matching Pele’s record.
Syria thought they were gifted the equaliser when Mahmoud Khamis’ miscued attempt to clear a cross with his weaker right foot saw the ball fall straight to striker Omar Khribin inside the box with the goal at his mercy, but the 2017 AFC Player of The Year could not keep his composure and sent his effort just wide.
Khribin was presented with another golden opportunity just after the hour mark as a cross from the left was deflected into his path but with only goalkeeper Ali Khaseif to beat, he fluffed his lines.
The final minutes of the half saw missed chances from both sides as Khribin beat the wall with a free-kick from 20 yards out but couldn’t bring it down on time, watching his effort graze the roof of the net.
At the other end, Mabkhout got on the end of a Bandar Al Ahbabi cross at the near post but his attempted chip ended behind for a goal kick.
Syria’s first chance of a cagey second half came at the hour mark through substitute Mahmood Al Baher who collected Aias Aosman’s pass inside the box and fired an effort that was parried away by Khaseif.
Minutes later, the UAE goalkeeper could do little as Al Baher came knocking again. Defender Abdulrahman was unable to deal with Mahmood Al Mawas’ cross from the right and the ball fell to the substitute who rifled on the half volley into the back of the net for Syria’s equaliser.
Mabkhout could have doubled his tally with just 10 minutes to go as Al Ahbabi whipped in a cross from a set-piece for him at the far post but the UAE’s record goalscorer could not direct his header towards the goalmouth. (with inputs from AFC website)
Timelapse: How Expo 2020 site rose from the desert
40-second clip shows 8-year work that went into creating the incredible Expo architecture. A stunning timelapse video shows the sheer scale of work that went into realising the UAE’s Expo 2020 dream. With just five days to go, Expo 2020 Dubai shared the video that captures the eight years of dedication that helped create the…
40-second clip shows 8-year work that went into creating the incredible Expo architecture.
A stunning timelapse video shows the sheer scale of work that went into realising the UAE’s Expo 2020 dream.
With just five days to go, Expo 2020 Dubai shared the video that captures the eight years of dedication that helped create the incredible architecture for the region’s first world fair.
Sheikh Mohammed visits Expo 2020 operations room
The 40-second video begins with an overhead shot of an empty desert land adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South. It quickly shapes into the iconic site it is today, with the desert terrain coming alive with the Expo’s iconic architecture.
The timelapse video shows how the mega event’s Al Wasl Dome rose up from the desert sands. It also captures the way trees were planted at the venue.
5 . !#2020 # #5__Eight years of dedication and now we are only 5 days away to welcoming the world. This is our time!#Expo2020 #Dubai #5DaysToGo pic.twitter.com/RGJMb7ayMk— Expo 2020 Dubai (@expo2020dubai) September 26, 2021
It ends with a reminder to the world: The greatest show begins in five days.
Earlier this month, a then-and-now photo collage of the UAE Vice-President at the Expo 2020 Dubai site in 2016 and 2021 had illustrated how the country transformed a dream into reality in five years.
The first half of the collage shows His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Expo site in 2016. The site was nothing but a desert then.
Fast-forward to September 1, 2021 – when the Dubai Ruler visited the site to kickstart the one-month countdown to the mega event – and you see him atop the 55-metre ‘Garden in the Sky’ observation tower, taking in 360-degree views of all that Expo has to offer.
Man dies after guzzling 1.5 litres of carbonated drink in 10 mins
A Chinese man has reportedly died after gulping down a 1.5 litre soft drink bottle in 10 minutes to help him cool off on a hot day. The 22-year-old’s rapid consumption of the fizzy beverage led to a fatal build-up of gas inside his body. Six hours after consumption, he was forced to go to…
A Chinese man has reportedly died after gulping down a 1.5 litre soft drink bottle in 10 minutes to help him cool off on a hot day.
The 22-year-old’s rapid consumption of the fizzy beverage led to a fatal build-up of gas inside his body. Six hours after consumption, he was forced to go to Chaoyang Hospital in Beijing after experiencing severe pain and a swollen stomach, the Daily Mail reported.
Guzzling the carbonated drink so quickly caused lethal damage, according to doctors who detailed the case in the Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology journal.
The young man was believed to have no underlying health issues. However, tests conducted revealed an elevated heart rate, low blood pressure and rapid breathing.
A CT scan further showed that he had pneumatosis, which is an abnormal presence of gas in his portal vein that provides blood to the liver, as well as in his intestinal wall.
This, in turn, reportedly led to hepatic ischemia, also known as “shock liver”, a type of injury caused by low oxygen supply to the organ.
100 Audi A6s added to Dubai Police fleet
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About 100 swanky Audi A6s have been added to the Dubai Police fleet.
A top officer said the high-end A6 45 TFSI cars would improve traffic police performance and help enhance road security.
Kunjithapatham Rajaram, CEO of Al Nabooda Automobiles, said the vehicles are “equipped with the latest technologies”.
The A6 features a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder engine with 245 horsepower, 370 Nm of torque and an S-tronic automatic transmission.