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Late goals save the day for Al Ahly against minnows Damanhour
The Red Devils managed to pull off a crucial win thanks to late goals from Peter Ebimobowei and Abdallah El-Said.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Mohamed Hani, Mohamed Hamdy, Sherif Hazem; Mohamed Rizk, Trezeguet, Hossam Ashour, Ramadan Sobhy; Salahdin Said, Peter Ebimobowe.
Damanhour XI: Ahmed Khatab; Mohamed Kawarshi, Abdellah Galal, Mohamed Badr, Ahmed Nassef, Eslam Abo-Ofa, Radwan Youssef, Hamdy Fathy, Ahmed Salem, Akram El-Zew, Abou-Knoeh
The match was a pretty open one in the first-half, with Al Ahly forcing their control over the game but with no real threat on Ahmed Khatab’s goal.
The first attempt for Damanhour came in the sixth minute, however, Ahly’s defense were able to divert it quickly preventing it from causing any threat to Sherif Ekramy’s goal.
Around half an hour into the first half of the game, Al Ahly tried to translate its dominance on the field through a number of crosses sent from Mohamed Hani and Trezeguet, however, Ahly attackers weren’t able to get on the end of it.
Damanhour tried to break Ahly’s stranglehold on possession but they failed, leading the first half to end in a draw.
Al Ahly kicked off the second-half by going all out attack in an attempt to score an early goal. The most dangerous opportunity came early in the second-half, when Saladin Said latched onto Trezegeut’s cross but his header went over the bar.
Against the run of the play, Damanhour scored the opener through ex-Ahly player Afroto in the 57th minute.
Garrido responded by making a triple substitution, bringing off Salahdin Said, Trezeguet and Ramadan Sobhy and bringing on Emad Meteb, Momen Zakaria and Abdallah El-Said.
At the 66th minute, Momen Zakaria lost a chance to equalize after he failed to follow up properly on a counter attack.
Soon after, Damanhour resided to defense in an attempt to maintain their lead, while Al Ahly pressured to score.
Garrido’s men finally got their equalizer at the 87th minute through Peter Ebimobowei who scored from a header that Damanhour’s keeper failed to save.
Abdallah El-Said gave the Reds the lead at the 90th minute after he converted a cross from ex-Zamalek midfielder Momen Zakaria into the net.
At the 96th minute, Damanhour were awarded the chance to equalize when the referee awarded them a free kick close to the 18-yard box, however Afroto failed to direct it inside the post.
Sherif Abdel-Fadil was also sent off the pitch after he received his second yellow card in the game.
Ahly currently sit in the 3rd place in the Egyptian premier League overall standings, 8 points below Zamalek, the league leaders.