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VIDEO: Group A runners up Al Ahly defeat Al-Ragaa in Cairo Stadium
Al Ahly defeated relegation-threatened outfit Al-Ragaa 3-0 at the Cairo International Stadium on Thursday night to take another step towards the semi-finals.
With both teams desperately needing the win, Al Ahly came out victorious to take another step towards the Egyptian Premier League semi-finals while Al-Ragaa remain in the relegation zone.
Al Ahly XI : Sherif Ekramy – Ahmed Shedid – Mohamed Naguib – Saad Samir – Ahmed Fathi – Shehab El-Din Ahmed – Trezeguet – Abdallah El-Said – Moussa Yedan – Gedo – Amr Gamal.
Al-Ragaa XI : Ahmed Khattab – Tamer Moheb – Abdallah Shalaby – Salah Sheleta – Mohamed Samir – Amr El Monoufy – Mohamed Said – Mamadou Keita – Islam Fouad.
The match started with Al Ahly controlling possession but despite the pressure, there were no clear-cut chances which threatened the Al-Ragaa goal.
The minnows began to wake up a after the 25-minute mark, and following a series of chances from Al Ahly players, Al-Ragaa intercepted the ball and went through on goal via a counter attack.
Mohamed Said sprinted through an empty midfield into the Red Castle’s box but Sherif Ekramy was there to stop his shot.
The Ragaa pressure wasn’t over yet as Hossam Ghaly, on loan from Al Ahly, hit the bar on the rebound after Ekramy saved the initial effort.
The second half saw completely different performances from both teams. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Abdallah El-Said put his name on the score sheet for the eighth time this season with a thunderous strike to make it 1-0.
Six minutes later Al Ahly’s young striker, Amr Gamal, scored the second goal of the game and his sixth in the league after latching onto Moussa Yedan’s cross and heading into an open net.
It was far from over as the closing minutes saw the African Champions seal the three points. Abdallah Al-Said’s through pass found Ahmed Fathi inside the box who easily put the ball into the net from the edge of the six-yard box.
Al-Ragaa’s players were clearly disappointed and in the last minute of injury time Amir Kaisser received his second yellow of the game, adding insult to injury for Khaled Eid’s men.
Al Ahly’s dreams of winning the league aren definitely not over, and they also achieved a much-needed win before before facing Morocco’s Difaa in the CAF confederation cup.
Al-Ragaa on the other hand look to be heading straight back down to Division Two as they continue to remain in the relegation zone.