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Al Ahly snatch late winner to beat Al-Nasr 2-1
The newly promoted team took the lead courtesy of Abdelaziz El-Shaer’s goal before the Red Devils equalised through Emad Meteb; Ramdan Sobhy then snatched the winner at the death.
Al Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel; Mohamed Hany, Loay ‘Luca’ Badr, Sherif Hazem, Hussein El-Sayed; Islam Roushdy (Mahmoud ‘Hassan’ Trezeguet), Mohamed Rizk, Ramdan Sobhy, Karim Bambo (Bassem Ali); Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, Mohamed Farouk (Emad Meteb).
Al-Nasr: Essam Tharwat, Ahmed Saeed, Ahmed Ghanem, Hamouda Samir, Sayed El-Sadouny, Ahmed El-Agouz, Karim El-Komy, Mohamed El-Azab, Abdelaziz El Shaer, Samuel Manti, Mohamed El-Refai.
Al-Nasr had the ball from kick off, trying to slow down the game, but Al Ahly youngsters showed determination and intercepted the ball in the 16th second before the ball reached Karim Bambo who missed an open goal.
Al-Nasr came close to scoring the opening goal of the game. Loay Badr lost possession of the ball and Mohamed El-Azab took advantage of it before going on goal, however Ahmed Adel astonishingly saved the ball. It wasn’t over yet as Sherif Hazem also misspassed the ball, before Mohamed El-Azab was once again denied by Ahmed Adel.
The newly promoted outfit opened the scoring in first-half injury time through Abdelaziz El-Shaer. Karim El-Komy’s shot deflected off Sherif Hazem and Ahmed Adel went to clear it, but El Shaer beat him to the ball, before unleashing a smart overhead kick to score the first goal of the match.
Eight minutes into the game, Al-Nasr came close to doubling their lead. Ahmed Ghanem made a great run down the left flank before passing the ball to Mohamed El-Refai whose shot hit the woodwork.
Substitute Emad Meteb started threatening Essam Tharwat’s goal six minutes after El-Refai’s chance. Emad took a bullet of a shot from 30 yards out, but Tharwat miraculously tipped the ball out for a corner.
Emad Meteb was again on target in the 7oth minute, this time it was from a freekick, but again Essam Tharwat managed to save the ball.
Al Ahly finally equalised through Meteb five minutes before full-time. Mohamed Hany’s cross from the right side reached Bambo inside the box who then squared the ball to Sherif Hazem before the ex-Smoua defender was brought down by Hamouda Samir. Meteb made no mistake from the spot to increase his goal tally to five goals this season.
The Red Devils went all out attack and put pressure on Al-Nasr, determined for the win. Ahmed Abdel-Zaher came close to scoring the winner, but his bicycle kick went just off target.
Just two minutes later in the final seconds of stoppage time, Al Ahly’s Ramdan Sobhy scored the winner. The 18-year old latched onto Hussein El-Sayed’s cross with a beautiful diving header which found its way into the net.
Al Ahly jump to sixth place with 14 points from 7 matches, with two matches postponed due to CAF Confederation Cup, whilst Al-Nasr are yet to win a game this season, lying in the bottom of the table with 1 point from nine games.