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Al Ahly triumphed over Ittihad El-Shorta 3-1 thanks to a late brace from Walid Soliman and a crucial missed penalty by El-Shorta.
Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Rahil; Sherif Hazem, Rizk, Trezeguet, Zakaria, Abdallah El-Said; Ebimobowei.
El-Shorta XI: Hossam Osama, Ahmed Adel, Islam Abou-Seleema, Khaled Sotouhy, Ahmed Kamal, Khaled El-Ghandour, Salah Riko, Ali Rabo, Mohamed Bassiouni, Mahmoud Samir, Nana Poku
Ahly started brightly, with their debutant Moamen Zakaria especially looking extremely active early on. The match was a pretty open one in the first half, with Al Ahly threatening through Zakaria and new signing Peter Ebimobowei looking dangerous early on. El-Shorta were dangerous on the counter though, and their leading scorer Nana Poku had a big chance saved by Ekramy in the 20th minute.
The match kept going back and forth, with Trezeguet and Poku again exchanging missed chances. Right before half-time, a 1-2 between Zakaria and Trezeguet led to a Trezeguet cut back that was met by Ebimobowei to steer home for a debut goal.
Scored my first @AlAhly goal in today's victory over Ittihad El-Shorta. Thanks to the fans & club for the support & encouragement!
— Peter Ebimobowei (@PeterEbimobowei) February 7, 2015
The match was still very open and both teams were constantly threatening early in the second half. Moamen Zakaria had the first half-chance when a bad clearance fell to him, but his volley went way over. A quick counterattack found Nana Poku again, and his finish rebounded off Ekramy onto his face and into the net for the equaliser in the 61st minute. Garrido responded by making a triple substitution bringing on Meteb, Soliman & Hossam Ashour for Ebi, Sherif Hazem, & Sabry Rahil.
Meteb immediately made a difference, having a header cleared off the line and feeding Abdallah Said for a dangerous shot that was blocked. Al Ahly were starting to really threaten, and Mohamed Naguib missed the best chance of the match in the 80th minute from inside the 6-yard box. A minute later, a beautiful back-heel by Meteb set up Soliman who slid home to give the Red Devils the lead.
With 3 minutes left, El-Shorta were awarded a chance to equalise when the referee awarded a penalty, only to see Salah Riko slam it off the bar. Al Ahly responded by going up the pitch, winning a free kick which Walid Soliman curled into the near post to make it 3-1 and calm their nerves.
Al Ahly are now 8 points behind league leaders Zamalek, who play second-placed ENPPI tomorrow.
King Fut Man of the Match: Walid Soliman; the substitute scored twice to save Al Ahly from a damaging draw.
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