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VIDEO: ENPPI down Al Ahly 1-0 to close in on leaders Zamalek
Al Ahly XI : Mosaad Awad, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Bassem Ali, Sabry Rahil, Hossam Ashour, Walid Soliman, Islam Roshdy, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdallah El-Said, Emad Meteb.
ENPPI XI : Mohamed Abdel-Monsef, Ibrahim Yehia, Ramy Sabry, Mohamed Nassef, Osama Ibrahim, Nour El-Sayed, Salah Soliman, Lama Kone, Mahmoud Kahraba, Ahmed Sherwida, Salah Ashour.
Al Ahly started the match by dominating ENPPI with a barrage of attacks early on. Walid Soliman looked dangerous in the opening minutes, sending in a cross early in the 4th minute, with no Ahly attackers being able to get on the end of it.
ENPPI tried to break Ahly’s stranglehold on possession but they failed, with Juan Carlos Garrido’s men dominating the majority of the first half’s chances.
Tarek El-Ashry’s side started the second half by attacking to push for a goal and keep their title hopes alive.
Ahly kept pressure building with the start of the second half, with Abdallah El-Said and Walid Soliman playing a collection of through balls and crosses, trying to break the deadlock.
The most dangerous opportunity for Al Ahly came from a cross in to Emad Meteb in the 64th minute, but the experienced striker was not able to latch on to direct the ball into the back of the net.
Al Ahly, looking to open the scoring made the first substitution, an attacking one, bringing off midfielder Islam Roshdy and bringing on Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.
Against the run of play, ENPPI scored the opener going ahead after a strike from Mahmoud Kaoud ended up in the back of the net.
The match ended 1-0, with Al Ahly failing to take an advantage to move up in the ladder, with arch rivals Zamalek currently leading the table after 19 games this season. ENPPI have closed the gap at the top of the table to just 3 points from the Whites.