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Second-half resurgence rescues Al Ahly against Smouha
The Blues took the lead via Ahmed Shokry’s free-kick, before the Red Devils scored thrice in the second-half with goals from Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, Emad Meteb, and Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’.
Smouha XI: Mohamed Sobhy; Hesham Shehata, Ahmed Said Okka, El-Sayed Farid, Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’; Hesham Abdel-Khalek, Hossam Ghaly; Ahmed Shokry, Islam Abdel-Naim (Abdelaziz Youssef), Alaa Aly; Hesham Fathallah (Ahmed Homos).
Al Ahly XI: Mosaad Awad; Bassem Ali, Sherif Hazem, Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Hussein El-Sayed; Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Rizk, Abduallah El-Said (Moussa Yedan), Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’; Emad Meteb (Ahmed Khairy), Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (Mohamed Farouk).
Al Ahly coach Juan Carlos Garrido was forced to give Egyptian U-23 goalkeeper Mosaad Awad his first start due to the injury to both Sherif Ekramy and Ahmed Adel Abdel-Moneim.
The Red Devils had a penalty appeal early on, when Abdullah El-Said’s strike hit the arm of Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, however referee Mohamed Farouk waved for play to continue.
For Al Ahly man Shokry opened the scoring for Dennis Lavagne’s men 15 minutes into the first period, when his perfectly placed free-kick found the net.
Smouha should’ve had their second of the game minutes later when Shokry’s cross found an unmarked Islam Abdel-Naim, but the latter failed to wrap his foot around the ball.
The Red Devils could’ve found the net soon after when Bassem Ali played in a cross from the right-hand side that went across the face of goal.
The Blue Wave were reduced to 10 men early on in the second half when Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’ received his second booking of the game for a challenge on Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’.
The Red Castle found their equaliser minutes later when Hussein El-Sayed’s perfectly weighted cross found Abdel-Zaher; the latter’s strike was saved by Mohamed Sobhy before hitting the former ENPPI man’s shoulder and finding its way into the net.
Hussein El-Sayed continued to cause havoc down the left-hand side, however Abdel-Zaher failed to repeat his earlier heroics as the ball got stuck under his foot.
Emad Meteb scored the Reds’ second goal as he capitalised on an error from the Smouha defence to easily finish into the net.
Meteb was once again at the centre of trouble when he intercepted the ball from Abdel-Khalek before laying it off to Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ whose exquisite curled strike wrapped off the night,
KingFut MOTM – Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’
The Egyptian international was one of the focal points in Al Ahly’s second-half resurgence, playing an active part in Manga’s sending off, Meteb’s goal, and of course wrapping the day off with a goal of his own.