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VIDEO: Bottom side Gouna shock poor Ahly with win over the Cairo giants
Sherif Reda scored the only goal as the match between Rainer Zobel’s Gouna and struggling Al Ahly ended 1-0 in favour of the host team on Saturday, their first-ever win over the Cairo giants.
Another disappointing performance by Mohamed Youssef’s Al Ahly and another unexpected loss. This time, by the hands of the team last in Group A, El-Gouna. One win in 5 matches for a team who won last year’s CAF Champions League must be a strong red alert for Al Ahly officials, especially since they will play the African Super Cup against Sfaxien of Tunisia next Thursday.
Al Ahly’s Starting XI: Sherif Ekramy – Rami Rabia – Saad El-Din Samir – Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’ – Ahmed Shedid Kenawy – Shehab El-Din Ahmed – Hossam Ashour – Abdallah El-Said – Ahmed Shokry – Gedo – Ahmed Raouf
El-Gouna’s starting XI:
El-Hany Soliman – Saad Hosny – Amro Tarek Abdel-Aziz – Sherif Reda – Ihab Mahrous – Hassan El-Shamy – Samuel Ocran – Islam Mohareb – Karim El-Daw – Abyah – Minusu Buba.
The home team started things off behind closed doors in the Gouna stadium. Sherif Ekramy was able to clear Samuel Ocran’s shot, preventing an early goal for El-Gouna within the opening minute.
Al Ahly had a chance of their own shortly after when Ahmed Raouf received the ball in the box, but he was too slow in dealing with it, giving El-Gouna’s defenders the opportunity to clear.
As mentioned in our previous reports of Al Ahly’s matches, miss-passes have been very frequent and dispossessing Ahly’s players has become an easy task. Both Islam Mohareb and Karim El-Daw were able to use this to their advantage and cut the ball from Al Ahly’s defenders before getting shots on target. Both attempts were unsuccessful however as they were over the post in an otherwise uneventful first half.
Eight minutes into the second half was the time it took El-Gouna to give themselves the upper hand, which was well deserved. Captain Sherif Reda was able to control the ball following a Gouna free-kick and he used his strength to push off a defender with unexpected ease before striking the ball to the right of Ekramy.
1-0 for El-Gouna and Al Ahly aimed to equalize as soon as possible. Al Ahly’s attempts mainly resulted in corners but they did not provide any real danger on El-Hany Soliman’s net.
Islam El-Mohareb had another dangerous chance in the 67th minute. Once again he eased passed the defense but his shot lacked direction and strength as it went straight into Ekramy for an easy save.
Gedo, who recently ended his loan with Hull City, had a decent chance to score when he received the ball on the edge of the box but his shot too went right into the goalkeeper’s hands.
Despite having four strikers on the pitch following the introduction of Amr Gamal and El-Sayed Hamdy, Al Ahly were not able to equalize, let alone take the lead.
Eight minutes were added as injury time while yielded Al Ahly’s most dangerous attempt, which was strangely wasted by Ahmed Raouf. Raouf was one-on-one with El-Hany Soliman and had the perfect opportunity to score but he fluffed his shot before it was cleared for a corner.
Al Ahly are temporarily in second place of Group A with 16 points, having played an extra match than Arab Contractors and Smouha – who each have 16 points as well – who play on Sunday against El-Dakhleya and Al Ragaa respectively.