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VIDEO: Gamal returns as lacklustre Al Ahly held to a draw by El-Gouna
Islam Roshdy put the Reds ahead with a thunderous strike and Egypt striker Amr Gamal made his long-awaited return before former Al Ahly youth product Islam Mohareb equalised in the second half with a cool finish.
Al Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel; Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Sabri Rahil; Hossam Ashour, Hendrik Helmke; Islam Roshdy (Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’), Abdullah El-Said, Walid Soliman (Ramadan Sobhy); Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (Amr Gamal).
El-Gouna XI: Amer Amer; Ahmed Ibrahim, Hassan El-Shamy, Saad Hosni, Mano, Ahmed Magdy (Kareem Tarek), Islam Mohareb, Samuel Okran, Ali Eid (Amr El-Said), Mahmoud Sayed, Abdelfattah El-Agha (Mohamed Salah).
The Reds started the game off brightly and could’ve had an early lead inside three minutes when Sabri Rahil’s cross fell to Ahmed Abdel-Zaher whose strike hit the side netting.
Mohareb replied soon after with a cross of his own into the Reds’ penalty area, but it was cleared by Ahmed Adel.
Islam Roshdy made it two goals in two games with a thunderous strike past Amer Amer to make it 1-0 Al Ahly.
The opening minutes of the half saw Samuel Okran threaten the Reds’ goal with a shot from distance that went over the bar.
El-Gouna were knocking on the door and could’ve had an equaliser soon after when Saad Hosny’s free-kick was parried away by Ahmed Adel.
Al Ahly made a change six minutes later, with Abdel-Zaher leaving the field for Amr Gamal, who made his first appearance for the club since tearing his ACL in a goalless draw against Assiyouty Sport in late October.
However, the ecstasy of the star striker’s return was soon forgotten a minute later as former Reds youth product Islam Mohareb equalised for the Red Sea side, making use of some catastrophic defending by Fathi Mabrouk’s men.
Abdelfattah El-Agha had the chance to add insult to injury straight after the equaliser when he broke the offside trap and went through on goal, but his pass did not reach Kareem Tarek as intended.
Abdullah El-Said could’ve caused havoc on to Amer Amer’s goal with 77 minutes on the clock, but his thunderous strike went over the bar.
In injury time, the game saw one last major occurrence with Zobel being sent to the stands.