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UAE Football Dominates Costa Rica with Impressive 4-1 Victory in Friendly Match

The UAE men’s national football team showcased an outstanding performance in their international friendly against Costa Rica held in Zagreb, Croatia. The match concluded with a resounding 4-1 victory for the UAE.

In the first half, the UAE displayed a dominant and attacking style of play, securing a commanding 3-0 lead. The goals were scored by Yahya Al Ghasani in the 16th minute, Caio in the 23rd minute, and Ali Salmeen in the 38th minute, highlighting their prowess on the field.

The UAE’s momentum continued into the second half, with Yahya Al Ghasani netting his second goal of the night in the 53rd minute, further solidifying their lead.

Despite Costa Rica’s efforts, they struggled to find a response to the UAE’s exceptional performance. Julio Cascante, who plays for MLS club Austin FC, managed to score a consolation goal for Costa Rica in the 64th minute.

This impressive victory against a team that qualified for the Qatar World Cup last year is a significant morale booster for the UAE national team. It sets a positive tone as they prepare to kick off their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign scheduled for November.

Looking ahead, with eight direct slots allocated for Asia in the expanded 48-team World Cup in 2026, the UAE has reason to be optimistic about their chances of making it to the prestigious tournament. This would mark their return to the World Cup stage for the first time since their inaugural appearance in 1990. The team’s performance in this friendly match reflects their determination and potential on the international football scene.

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