Moroccan winger Mourad Batna scored a hat trick as Emirates stunned Al Shabab 4-0 in round 17 of the Arabian Gulf League at Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on Saturday night.

Emirates started on a bright note as they needed just 90 seconds to open the account. Khaled Khamis seized a defensive mix up from Al Shabab to lead a quick break and found Osman Sow on the left wing, the Swede crossed to captain Sebastian Sacha at the near post and the latter put it past Al Shabab goalkeeper Salem Abdulla for a first Emirates goal of the night.

From thereon it was Batna show as he doubled Emirates’ lead in the 45th minute with a well-taken free-kick from the edge of the penalty box.

There was more misery for Al Shabab’s new boss Miroslav Djukic in the second half after Mourad Batna latched to a loose ball following a poor clearance by Al Shabab defender Mohammed Ayed and sent a beautiful first time lobbed ball to make it 3-0 for the visitors.

The home side looked helpless and Emirates took full advantage. Four minutes before the final whistle, Ivan Hasek’s men completed the rout from the spot after Batna was brought down inside Al Shabab box by Mohammed Ayed. The Moroccan converted the penalty kick himself to complete his first club hat-trick.

The victory helped Emirates to move outside the relegation zone, edging past Dibba into 12th place with 12 points and a superior goal difference compared to Dibba. Al Shabab remained sixth with 24 points.

SOURCE: Khaleej times Feb 5, 2017 –