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VIDEO: Al-Nasr steamrolled by Mabrouk’s Al Ahly
Fathi Mabrouk, who was appointed by Al Ahly two days prior to the match, was able to lead Al Ahly to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Al-Nasr in his first match with the Reds following the sacking of Spanish coach Juan Carlos Garrido.
Al Ahly: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Sherif Hazem, Sabry Rahil; Hossam Ashour (Mohamed Rizk), Hossam Ghaly, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Ramadan Sobhy), Momen Zakaria; Abdallah El-Said (Emad Meteb), Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.
Al-Nasr: Essam Tharawt; Hamouda Samir, Karim El-Koomy, Othman Keita, Ahmed El-Sebaey; Abdallah Gomaa, Ahmed El-Agouz, Abd El-Aziz El-Shaer ‘Zizo’ (Mohamed Refaay), Ahmed Said, Ahmed Fawzy (Mohamed Samara); Ahmed El-Se’idy (Dakheir Mohamed)
The Reds started things off, Abdallah El-Said tried to score early in the 8th minute from a good shot; however it went beside the post.
Soon after, Ahmed El-Agouz was not able to take advantage of the cross which passed from Al Ahly’s defense in front of Sherif Ekramy.
In the 15th minute, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ opened the scoreline. Abdallah El-Said crossed the ball from a free-kick to Bassem Ali, the latter passed it to Trezeguet whose strong shot announced Al Ahly’s first goal.
Ten minutes later, Trezeguet added his and Al Ahly’s second goal following a tactical play between him and Abdallah El-Said.
Al Ahly’s third goal was scored by Momen Zakaria who capitalised on Abdallah El-Said’s pass on the right side to shoot a high ball that hit the back of Al-Nasr’s net.
Trezeguet attempted to benefit from Bassem Ali’s cross to add Al Ahly’s 4th goal and his personal hattrick yet he was unable to direct his ball towards the net.
Trezeguet tried once again to score the hattrick but he was booked instead for pretending to fall in the box, although replays showed that he was tackled and deserved a penalty.
Al-Nasr then controlled the match for a few minutes in an attempt to reach Ekramy’s goal and score; Zizo’s shot on the right side could have slashed Ekramy’s clean sheet if it were a tad lower.
Ten minutes before the end of the game, Ramadan Sobhy came in for Trezeguet and the 17 year-old could have made it 4-nil for Al Ahly on more than one occasion yet his shots failed to hit Essam Tharwat’s net.
After today’s game, Al Ahly remains 3rd in the Egyptian Premier League overall standings while Al-Nasr remain in the relegation zone with 12 points of safety.