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Iajour killer strike sinks Al Ahly in Tetouan
The only goal of the game came in stoppage time via Mouhssine Iajour’s free-kick from close range, to send the stadium into ruptures.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Mohamed Hany, Saad Samir, Sherif Hazem, Hussein El-Sayed; Bassem Ali, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly; Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’, Abduallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria.
The hosts started the game off brightly, and could’ve made it 1-0 early on when Noussair El Maimouni tried his luck from distance, but his attempt went over the bar.
Mohamed El Yousfi could’ve cost his side a goal when the goalkeeper tried to round Al Ahly man Momen Zakria, and the latter was able to win the ball but his corresponding cross was put out by Fall Mourtada.
Bassem Ali’s fatal mistake almost cost Al Ahly, but Mouhssine Iajour’s corresponding strike went well over the bar.
Al Ahly had a goal disallowed towards the end of the half when a El Yousfi’s mishandled cross fell to Momen who made no mistake from close range; however, the former Zamalek man was rightfully flagged for a foul on the MAT keeper.
Ahmed Jahouh’s free-kick could’ve found the net in the second half but his strike went well over the bar.
Al Ahly substitute Peter Ebimobowei found himself in a promising position after Mourtada lost the ball, but he was later flagged for offside after a give-and-go with El-Said.
The Reds though had another chance to score three minutes from time when Abdullah El-Said’s thunderous long-range free-kick was kept by El Yousfi, much to the relief of MAT.
The Northern Moroccan outfit though were looking for a home win and they found it in stoppage time when Sherif Hazem handled the ball just outside the penalty area; Iajour stepped up and made no mistake from close range, taking a deflection off the Reds defenders on its way in.