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Manchester City beat UAE team in friendly

Thursday’s game was held to inaugurate a new staduim

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English Premier League champions Manchester City beat the UAE’s al-Ain team 3-0 in a friendly match on Thursday.

The game, which was held to inaugurate the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the city of al-Ain, saw the top-shelf British team volley through a series of goals, while their local teammates could do little to prevent the goals from coming home.

However, the scoring was slow to start.

The first goal was bagged by midfielder Marcos Lopes, who struck left of the keeper some time into the first half. Forward Stevan Jovetic scored the second goal, with just 10 minutes left of the match, according to UAE-based daily Gulf News.

Cherry on the icing

The final and third goal was from striker Jordy Hiwula, who delivered the match’s cherry on the icing from the penalty spot.

Despite losing to their more internationally-renowned counterparts, al-Ain had initially got off to a promising start, with

Mohanad Salem heading just of the goal post after a Omar Abdul Rahman’s cross just ten minutes in.

Al-Ain had started brightly with Mohanad Salem heading just wide of the post from Omar Abdul Rahman’s cross inside ten minutes.

Then, later in the game, with mere moments to spare, al-Ain’s Soufian al-Aloudi hit the left goal post, nearly making it in.