Hosts, Tunisia, UAE Register Wins In Arab Cup Opening Day

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The opening matchday of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 had promised fireworks on and off the park, and it delivered handsomely.

After goals galore in the first match between Tunisia & Mauritania were followed by heart-stopping drama in the second, a dazzling ceremony preceded Qatari hearts being sent soaring by Abdulaziz Hatem’s match-winning header.

The United Arab Emirates then became the third team to take maximum points from their opening match, with an assured 2-1 win over Syria, ensuring that Bert van Marwijk’s men followed in the footsteps of the hosts and Tunisia.

After spending four years and eight months awaiting a recall to the Tunisia fold, Seifeddine Jaziri  has been making an impression lately and enjoyed a hard-earned moment against Mauritania, smashing home the FIFA Arab Cup’s first-ever goal earned the Zamalek star a place in the record books, but better was to follow as he added a superb backheeled second before leaving the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium with a well-deserved Man of the Match award.


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