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VIDEO: Al Ahly remain in fourth after disappointing draw with ENPPI
Coming off an early round of 16 elimination at the hands of Libyan outfit Ahli Benghazi; the Red Devils looked to turn their season around and make use of their rivals’ drop of points.
It was an open game from the start with both sides in search for a goal. The first chance came after 19 minutes when Moussa Yedan ‘s delivery found Amr Gamal who sent his finish over the bar.
Three minutes later, ENPPI opened the scoring after a huge mistake by Ahmed Shedid Kenawy that Salah Ashour utilised. By cutting infield the Egyptian international was able to drag Mohamed Naguib out of position before giving the ball to Vincent Die Foneye. The striker used the open space created and sent the ball easily into Ekramy’s net.
In the 26th minute, ENPPI centre back Ramy Sabry tripped Amr Gamal in the box for a penalty that was easily converted by Abdullah El-Said.
Now on level terms, Ahly continued their attack with a lovely long rage effort by Abdallah El-Said which was saved by Abdel-Monsef.
The second half started with the first substitution of the game, goal scorer Die Foneye came off and was replaced by Yehia Hamed.
Like the first half, the second half started with pace as ENPPI posed more of an attacking threat and Al Ahly continued their pressure. The first chance of the half came in the 50th minute when Ekramy saved a great ball that resulted from ENPPI’s set piece.
Five minutes later, Amr Gamal wasted a glorious chance in the box after Shehab’s shot was deflected into the striker’s feet who failed to hit the target.
In the 64th and 69th minutes Ahmed El-Saidy and Nader Ashour came on for ENNPI in the places of Mohamed Shaaban and Mohamed Magdy. Mohamed Youssef followed the footsteps of Michael Kruger and made his first substitution when Ahmed Shokry came on for Moussa Yedan.
Al Ahly went all out in the last 15 minutes with Sayed Hamdy coming on in place of Gedo. The Red Devils nearly scored one minute later after Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet’s header from point-blank range was amazingly saved by Abdel-Monsef.
In the 80th minute Mohamed Youssef used his last substitution while chasing the much needed three points, giving way to 21 year old youngster, Karim Bambo, to make his first team debut in place of Shehab.
After fruitless Ahly attacks, the match ended with yet another disappointment to the fans adding more pressure on Mohamed Youssef who sees his side sit in fourth in Group A.