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Al Ahly dramatically held by Assiouty Sport
The last edition’s Egyptian Premier League champions got a draw against the newly promoted Assiout-based club at the Asmant Assiut stadium after Al Ahly demanded playing at Beni Suef stadium.
Assiouty Sport XI: Mostafa Hassan; Mahmoud Ramadan, Mahmoud Shedid, Hassan Magdy, Mohamed Salah; Ahmed Magdy, Abdallah Balat, ‘Neidy’, Essam Abdein; Karim ‘Mansh’, Prince Nakani.
Al Ahly XI:Ahmed Adel Abdel-Monem; Sherif Hazem, Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Hussein El-Sayed; Hossam Ghaly, Ahmed Khairy, Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan; Walid Soliman, Amr Gamal, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.
The game started fast especially from Al Ahly who were really close from opening the scoring after a great through pass from Ahmed Abdel-Zaher to Amr Gamal who went one-on-one with the goalkeeper yet his shot went just beside the left post.
Next, it was Assiouty Sport’s turn with a powerful shot from inside the box blocked by Ahmed Adel Abdel-Monem bouncing back to ‘Mansh’ whose shot went close to the left post.
On the 21st minute mark came a great cross from the left flank for Assiouty Sport that Mahmoud Shedid got a powerful shot on yet it went just wide.
31 minutes into the game, Al Ahly got a free-kick on the right side which was taken by Walid Soliman and was intercepted by Mostafa Hassan colliding with Amr Gamal in the air with both staying on the floor to receive medical treatment.
Three minutes later, ‘Trezeguet’ passed the ball on the right side only for his shot to meet the outside of the net.
Three minutes into the injury-time, Amr Gamal got fouled inside the box with Al Ahly players demanding a penalty only for the referee to whistle the end of the first-half with both teams leveled.
The second-half started quickly yet this time with pressure from Assiouty Sport. On the 53rd minute, Ahmed Magdy had a shot on the target but went easily to Ahmed Adel Abdel-Monem.
Seven minutes laster, Walid Soliman got his second yellow card after a harsh tackle on one of Assiouty Sport’s players.
67 minutes into the game, Ahmed Khairy attempted a great cross on the right side to second-half sub Moussa Yedan who converted the ball into the net only for the referee to rule out the goal for offside.
On the 76th minute mark, Moussa Yedan’s great cross from the left flank got cleared by the hand of one of Assiouty Sport’s defenders with the referee ignoring Al Ahly players asking for a penalty.
Two minutes later, Al Ahly players asked for another penalty after Mahmoud Ramadan roughly intercepted ‘Trezeguet’ with a blow to the face inside the box but the referee whistled the end of the second-half in stalemate.
After the match, both coach Juan Carlos Garrido and technical director Wael Gomaa partially blamed the referee for the draw.
“We were better than Assiouty Sport and we dominated the match but we had a lot of missed chances, a problem that we should avoid in the coming matches,” Garrido said in the press conference.
“Some players didn’t follow our instructions. Also the fatigue and the bad pitch affected us negatively.
“The referee is a main reason behind the draw. We want fair referees for the coming matches,” he added.
Wael Gomaa also said: “There’s a scheme against Al Ahly planning their League loss.”
With this draw, Al Ahly jumped to fifteenth in the Egyptian Premier League with 5 points from 4 games, while Assiouty Sport stayed at nineteenth place with 2 points from 6 games.
Al Ahly are set to host Damanhour on November 1st for matchday 7, while Assiouty Sport are set to travel to face ENPPI on the same day.