Al Ain kept the pressure on Sharjah at the top of the Arabian Gulf League table after securing a 2-1 home win over Shabab Al Ahli 2-1 at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in matchweek 4's match of the week on Saturday.
After a slow start, Al Ain broke the deadlock in the 41st minute, when Hussein El Shahat converted Tsukasa Shiotani's well played low cross with an accurate first-time strike that found the back of Majed Nasser's net.
Shabab Al Ahli were reduced to ten men just before the half-time break after Hassan Juma was sent off.
In added time of thr first half, Caio Fernandes found Mohamed Abdulrahman near the edge of the box with an accurately crossed freekick. The UAE international's cleverly volleyed shot crept past Nasser, making it 2-0 into halftime.
Luvannor Henrique pulled one back for Shabab Al Ahli, when his left footed curled freekick went past Al Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eissa, reducing the deficit in the 66th minute.
Following the win, Al Ain occupy the second league spot with 12 points, only goal-difference separating them from leaders Sharjah. They face Fujairah next week.
Meanwhile, Shabab Al Ahli sit ninth with three points ahead of Ittihad Kalba clash in matchweek 5 of the Arabian Gulf League.