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Maradona Wins 1st Game As Al Wasl Coach

Dubai, Aug 29: Diego Maradona had a winning start as Al Wasl coach Sunday, seeing his team score two late goals for a 3-1 win over 10-man Ittihad Kalba in a preseason friendly.Maradona's new team
PTI August 29, 2011 8:46 IST
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Dubai, Aug 29: Diego Maradona had a winning start as Al Wasl coach Sunday, seeing his team score two late goals for a 3-1 win over 10-man Ittihad Kalba in a preseason friendly.

Maradona's new team looked set to settle for a draw after Yaser Salem's own goal in the 28th minute had canceled out Manuel Olivera's 21st-minute header.

But Mohammed Jamal and Hassan Yousef scored in the last five minutes to give the former Argentina great a win on his debut.

Al Wasl had been on the attack for most of the second half after Ittihad Kalba's Sultan Seif was sent off before the break for a clumsy challenge on Edson Puch.

Puch went close with two free kicks either side of the interval before Tariq Hassan inadvertently rattled the woodwork with a speculative cross. AP