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VIDEO: Al Ahly dominate Ittihad El-Shorta 3-0 for first league win of the season
Al Ahly defeated Ittihad El-Shorta 3-0 as both sides met in a postponed league match at Cairo International Stadium.
Goals from Amr Gamal, Walid Soliman and an own goal from Shorta’s Yaya Toure gave Al Ahly their first win this season after suffering a loss in the previous round against Al Rajaa Marsa Matrouh 2-1.
Al Ahly played well by dominating the midfield, controlling the tempo of the game and creating many chances, while Shorta put in an average performance.
Al Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel; Sherif Hazem, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Rahil; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Walid Soliman; Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, Amr Gamal.
Ittihad El-Shorta XI: Essam Saad; Fouad Salama, Eslam Abou-Selema, Khaled Sotouhy, Ahmed Gamal, Salah Reeko, Ahmed Koshary, Yaya Toure, Ali Rabo, Mohamed Bassiouny, Mohamed Fawzy, Nana Pokou.
The match was off to a quick start as El-Shorta won the ball in midfield and dispatched a counter-attack in the 3rd minute through Mohamed Bassiouny whose effort went just wide of the post.
In the 7th minute, Shorta created a good chance after neat build-up play which led to Mohamed Fawzy bursting through Ahly’s left flank. Sherif Hazem was aware of the danger however and cleared the ball in great timing.
With 13 minutes on the clock Walid Soliman won a dangerous free kick at the edge of the box. Walid crossed the ball and Amr Gamal volleyed from close range to score The Red Devils’ first goal of the night.
Walid Soliman was awarded another free kick in the 28th minute after an excellent solo run. He placed the free kick brilliantly in the top corner, but Essam Saad managed to tip it right over the crossbar.
Shorta had a couple of chances to go through, however Ahly defenders managed to deal with the dangerous situations.
Walid, who was Al Ahly’s most dangerous player in the first half, went one-on-one with Essam Saad after a brilliant interception and run from Mahmoud Trezeguet, but was denied a second goal by Essam.
With 40 minutes gone, Trezeguet received the ball and went past one player before delivering a cross. Trezeguet’s delivery reached Shorta player Yaya Toure who ironically put the ball in his own net instead of clearing it out, doubling Al Ahly’s lead just before half-time.
Ahly controlled the midfield throughout the first half with Mahmoud Trezeguet putting in a really good performance.
The second half started a bit slowly with the Reds slowing down the tempo. Shorta were determined to score a goal however and pushed forward especially from their left flank which was very active with both Salama and Mohamed Bassiouny putting in lively shifts.
Shorta crossed many balls inside the area, but Samir and Naguib kept their guards up and cleared almost every ball.
In the 55th minute, Ashour received the ball from a Amr Gamal cross and tried to place the ball in the corner, but his ball went inches wide.
As the clock hit the 61st minute, Amr Gamal whipped in a fantastic shot from outside the box that hit the bar and rebounded to Abdel-Zaher who tried to score, but was denied by Essam Saad.
Trezeguet threaded a brilliant through ball to Walid Soliman in the 65th minute who cut in on his right foot and curled the ball past Shorta’s goalkeeper Essam Saad to triple The Red Devils’ lead.
After the third goal Al Ahly controlled the game completely with their passing game and clever one-twos. Ahly were more comfortable with the ball and kept it well for the remainder of the game with the middle 3 of Ashour, Ghaly and Trezeguet pulling the strings.
Ahly youngster Mohamed Hany made his debut and took Abdel-Zaher’s place on the pitch in the 69th minute. The 17-year-old made a couple of impressive runs from the right despite not contributing with an end product.
Late in the game Shorta had a few shots on goal only to be blocked by Saad and Naguib who were dominant at the back all game.
Emad Meteb was put on in place of Amr Gamal and missed a good chance to make it 4-0 but Essam Saad made a good save.
Overall, a dominant performance from the Reds and a much deserved win.