Determined to avoid past mistakes and poor showings that led to his unceremonious sack in 2015, Marc Collat starts his new contract pilling up positive results and for this one he was helped with an own goal forced by Duckens Nazon in the 25th minute after a decisive pass from the unavoidable Kevin Lafrance, Haiti scored the only goal of the match to conclude a successful Asian tour following a 3-3 draw with Japan a few weeks ago.
Haiti slightly dominated the first half and although Charles Herold did not produce the kind of football we have come to expect from him his presence which was characterized by quick short passes truly bothered the Emiratis. Haiti went ahead after Nazon hit the right post on a well crafted service from Kevin Lafrance but the ball bounced off an unfortunate UAE defender and to go back into the nets.
Haiti could have made it 2-0 after Derrick Etienne beat the keeper but the Emirati thwarted his plan by keeping the pressure on him until his defense regrouped.
The second half was a different match as Omar Obdulrahman managed to force Haiti into a defensive mode. The attacking midfielder of Al-Ain was probably the most gifted player of the match and dominated the midfield but his teammates did not have the finishing skills and luck required to tie the game. They hit the posts on several occasions and came very close to score as Haiti's defense showed signs of weakness.