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VIDEO: Al Ahly down Al Masry 2-0 to secure second place
In the first ever match played at the new Sharm El Sheikh stadium, Al Ahly brushed aside Al Masry 2-0 in a delayed Matchday 33 Egyptian Premier League clash.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Hussein El-Sayed; Abdallah El-Said, Hossam Ashour, Momen Zakaria (Mohamed Rizk), Walid Soliman, Ramadan Sobhy (Trezeguet); Amr Gamal (Emad Meteb).
Al Masry XI: Mohamed Awad; Mohamed Gomaa, Wilson, Mohamed Gabr, El-Sayed Abdel-Aaal, Abdel-Aziz Moussa; Ashour El-Adham, Amr Moussa (Hamada Yehia), Mohamed Ashraf (Mahmoud Abdel-Hakim), Mohamed Khalifa (Ahmed Yasser); Ahmed Raouf.
The opening proceedings were all Al Ahly, and it didn’t take long for the Red Devils to reflect that onto the scoreline. After seven minutes, a magnificent Walid Soliman free kick was met by Momen Zakaria, who sent a header into the bottom corner of the Al Masry goal. The goal was Zakaria’s 12th of the season and his fifth since signing with Al Ahly after the conclusion of his loan to rivals Zamalek.
On 20 minutes, Al Masry defender El-Sayed Abdel-Aal’s clumsy challenge on Amr Gamal led to a yellow card and a penalty for Al Ahly. Abdallah El-Said made no mistake from the spot as he doubled his team’s lead.
The Green Eagles were in trouble, and manager Mokhtar Mokhtar made his first substitution after 29 minutes by sending former Lierse striker Ahmed Yasser on to replace midfielder Mohamed Khalifa. It paid no immediate dividends as the first half ended and the teams went into the dressing rooms with Al Ahly leading 2-0.
Mokhtar Mokhtar used his second substitution at half time by sending Mahmoud Abdel-Hakim on to replace Mohamed Ashraf. Al Masry began to get a grip on the game in the midfield but were unable to challenge Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy.
Fathi Mabrouk made a double substitution after 61 minutes as he sent on Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet‘ and Emad Meteb to replace Ramadan Sobhy and Amr Gamal. Four minutes later, Al Masry made their final change as Hamada Yehia replaced Amr Moussa.
Meteb had a chance to immediately put his mark on the game minutes later, but his header was expertly punched away by Awad.
On 73 minutes, Mohamed Abdel-Hakim sent a rocket toward goal that Ekramy did well to tip over the ball for a corner kick, which ultimately led to nothing.
After 81 minutes, Fathi Mabrouk made his final change when he replaced goalscorer Zakaria for Mohamed Rizk. Minutes later, Al Ahly were forced to continue with ten men as left-back Hussein El-Sayed fell awkwardly on his shoulder and unfortunately needed to be taken off the pitch.
At the stroke of stoppage time, Ekramy did well to send another shot out for a corner kick, which his defenders then dealt with accordingly. The game ended without further incident as Al Ahly head back to Cairo 2-0 victors.
The win keeps Al Ahly in second place, six points behind leaders and Cairo rivals Zamalek, who have one game in hand.