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Goalless draw between Al Ahly and Wadi Degla
Al Ahly failed to secure a victory over Wadi Degla that would have elevated them into fourth place, as the match finished in a goalless draw.
Al Ahly XI : Mossad Awad ; Bassem Aly (Abdallah El-Said ’38) , Sherif Hazem , Sherif Abdel-Fadil , Saad Samir , Hussein Sayed ; Hossam Ashour , Waleed Soliman , Ramadan Sobhy (Saladin Said ’73) , Mahmoud Trezeguet ; Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (Emad Meteb ’61).
Wadi Degla XI : Amir Abdel-Hamid ; Tamer Moheb , Mohamed Abdel-Fatah (Mahmoud Mekky ’66) , Taha Ibrahim , Ragab Nabil ( Abdel-Hamid Samy ’74) ; Mohab Said , Ahmed Merghany , Hossam Arafat , Islam Adel ; Dodo Gabbas (Abdel-Fattah El-Agha ’78), Stanley Ohawyoutchy.
The match started with pressure from Wadi Degla; an attack started by a dangerous through-ball from Nigerian striker Ohawyoutchy to Dodo Gabbas was wasted after the latter shot over the crossbar.
Ohawyoutchy was awarded a free kick in 4th minute after a tackle from Hossam Ashour, but Tamer Moheb missed from the set piece after a deflection off of Ahly defender Sherif Hazem.
Al Ahly nearly broke the deadlock thanks to a strong shot from Hossam Ashour in the 7th minute, and they kept attacking afterwards without really threatening.
Juan Manuel Garrido Al Ahly manager made his first substitution in an attempt to take control over the midfield, switching Bassem Aly for Abdallah El-Said.
Second Half :
Wadi Degla entered the second half looking for the winning goal after a dangerous cross from Stanley, but Dodo Gabbas was not there to translate it into a goal. Two minutes later, former Ismaily SC midfielder Mohab Said had a go; he dribbled three Ahly players but was stopped by Saad Samir.
Mohab Said, Stanley and Dodo Gabbas were causing problems and leading all of Wadi Degla’s attacks, especially Dodo Gabbas. His powerful shot was stopped by Mosaad Awad early on in the half.
Emad Metab came on for Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, and Saladin Said replaced Ramadan Sobhy to change the formation from 3-5-1-1 to 3-5-2, as Garrido tried to put more pressure on the Wadi Degla defence .
Sherif Abdel-Fadil and Hussein Sayed were putting in tremendous performances on their respective wings by whipping in a lot of dangerous crosses, but the Ahly strikers were not capitalizing.
Hamada Sedky brought Abdel-Fattah El-Agha on for Dodo Gabbas, as the end of the match approached.
The referee added 5 minutes of stoppage time, and the first booking in the match was produced for Walid Soliman for a very strong tackle on Hossam Arafat in the 92nd minute.
Soliman played a great cross to Saad Samir in the 95th minute from a set piece, but the latter’s effort went over the crossbar, as the match came to an end.