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VIDEO: Al Ahly beat Al-Arabi in friendly
Bassem Ali’s brace was able to seal Al Ahly’s comeback against Al-Arabi in friendly match to celebrate the opening of the Red Devils’ Academy in Kuwait.
Al Ahly’s Starting XI: Ahmed Adel Abdel-Moneim, Hussein El-Sayed, Sherif Hazem, Luca Badr, Bassem Ali, Hossam Ashour, Ahmed Khairy, Mohamed Hany, Ramadan Sobhy, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, Mohamed Farouk.
Most of Al Ahly’s players, 17 to be exact – between injured players and those who have joined their respective national and Olympic teams – were absent. Therefore, Garrido had the opportunity to try new players and formations.
The first-half was uneventful as both keepers were not tested. Hossam Ashour attempted to score from a strong shot in the 35th minute but his effort went beside the post. Sherif Hazem, signed from Smouha over the summer, was able to clear most of Al-Arabi’s counter attacks.
The absence of Al Ahly strikers Amr Gamal, who suffered an ACL injury, and Emad Meteb, who has been called up by Shawky Gharib to join the national team, took its toll as the finishing touch of many players was lacking.
Ahmed Abdel-Zaher attempted a strong shot from the edge of the box but it was cleared by the keeper. Minutes later, Mohamed Farouk received a cross and his header was straight at the keeper.
Much to Al Ahly’s wasted chances, Al-Arabi’s Fahad Al Rashidi was able to give the Kuwaiti side the upper hand in the 68th minute when his ideal position in front of the ball allowed him to net from a cross by Hussain Al-Moussawi.
Al Ahly had the chance to equalize as Hussein El-Sayed was rewarded a penalty. However, Mohamed Farouk failed to convert as he was once again denied by the keeper.
Bassem Ali then decided to step up in injury-time by scoring a brace in the span of three minutes.
Ali received a through pass from Hossam Ashour and was able to smartly place the ball to the keeper’s left side from a tight angle in the 91st minute.
Two minutes later, the former Arab Contractors right wing-back placed the ball near the right corner marking Al Ahly’s second goal and winner, to end the match in a 2-1 victory for Garrido’s men.