Al-Bataeh wins the stay despite losing five from Al Ain
Al Bataeh players waited a full 5 minutes after the end of their match against Al Ain today in the final round of 26 of the ADNOC Professional League, as they gathered around their phones to follow the remainder of their rival Dibba's match against Al Dhafra, and their joy was great after Dibba stumbled in a 1-1 draw, to ensure Al Bataeh officially stayed, despite losing by a big score of 5-2. Al Ain cut the tape of the match's goals early, specifically in the second minute by Ukrainian international Yarmolenko with a strong shot from inside the penalty, and the hosts doubled their tally by scoring the second in the 20th minute by Togolese international striker Laba Kodjo with a shot from inside the penalty area as well.
The "leader" continued his pressure, which helped him score the third in the 1+45 minute through Lapa Kodjo, who secured the title of top scorer in the league with 28 goals, to surpass by a goal over Al-Jazira star Ali Mabkhout. Al-Bataeh's performance improved with the start of the second half slightly and succeeded in reducing the difference by Brazilian Lorenço Do in the 53rd minute from the penalty spot, but the owners of the land returned again and scored the fourth by Yarmolenko in the 60th minute. The guests woke up again and scored the second goal through Cameroonian Anatole Bertrand in the 69th minute, but Al Ain returned and expanded the difference with the fifth goal through Brazilian Santos in the 79th minute.