Madjer of Portugal scored a hat-trick as Al Ahli Club defeated Al Nasr 5-1 to win the UAE Beach Soccer Super Cup at Al Mamzar Beach on Saturday.
Madjer scored once in each of the three periods of the match as Al Ahli confirmed their superiority against their traditional beach soccer rivals in a rather ill-tempered match.
Dr Ahmed Al Sharif, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council presented the trophy to the winners along with Al Nasr Club CEO Marwan Bin Gulaitha.
Madjer, who was part of the Al Ahli team that lost to Al Nasr in the President's Cup final at the same venue last month, was pleased to help his team through to another title. “I hope beach soccer in the UAE is benefitting from my presence,” the Portuguese captain said.
“I like the set-up in the club and don’t have any sort of problem trying to help this sport develop in this part of the world,” he added.
Al Ahli opened the score midway through the first period as Nuno Minguel, the second Portuguese player in the side accepted a faulty back pass and slammed home. Madjer then converted a penalty kick immediately thereafter to make it 2-0 for Al Ahli.
In the second period, Al Ahli added another two goals with hard-working Kamal Ali and Madjer on target for a 4-0 cushion. But Iran’s Hussain Khurshid pulled one back at the end of the period to make it 4-1.
In the third period goals were difficult to come by and Al Nasr were increasingly finding it frustrating. And with one minute still remaining Madjer dived to connect a deflection and confirm the win for Al Ahli.
“We played to a plan here today as we did not want to commit the same mistakes we did in the President’s Cup,” said Al Ahli captain Qambhar Mohammad.
“The key lay in not making mistakes and we knew that any team that made less mistakes would win,” he added.
The teams will now start preparing for the UAE Beach Soccer League that will get under way at the same venue from December 7.
The UAE Beach Soccer Super Cup was organised and held under the auspices of the Dubai Sports Council.