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VIDEO: Outstanding goals as Al Ahly and ENPPI draw 1-1
The Petroleum industry-based outfit opened the scoring towards the end of the game via ex-Zamalek defender Salah Soliman’s overhead kick, all before Amr Gamal’s equally great finish equalised for last season’s champions – ending the battle between second and third place in a draw.
Al Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel; Bassem Ali (Mohamed Rizk), Saad Samir, Sherif Hazem, Hussein El-Sayed (Gedo); Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Momen Zakaria, Walid Soliman; Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (Emad Meteb), Amr Gamal.
ENPPI XI: Ali Lotfi; Ibrahim Yehia, Ahmed Sobhy, Ramy Sabry, Amr El-Halawani; Salah Soliman, Lama, Mahmoud Toba (Abdullah Gomaa), Nour El-Sayed; Ahmed Sherwida (Mahmoud Fathy), Salah Ashour (Ahmed Gaafar).
Al Ahly wasted a perfectly good chance to open the scoring inside the opening 12 minutes when Ali Lotfi’s saved fell to Amr Gamal whose finish went over the bar.
Sherwida replied for the navy blues soon after but his shot was easily saved by the comfortable Ahmed Adel.
Walid Soliman was lucky not to receive his marching orders just after the hour mark, as referee Sherif Rashwan gave him a booking for a reckless challenge on Ahmed Sobhy.
ENPPI wasted one of the most dangerous chances of the half 10 minutes later when Sherif Hazem’s intended backpass hit the post, with Sherwida wasting the follow-up.
The start of the second half saw Bassem Ali waste a really good chance to make it 1-0 Al Ahly, seeing his one-on-one saved by Ali Lotfi.
Hussein El-Sayed thought he’d opened the scoring 11 minutes later, before being flagged for offside, replays showed the decision was incorrect.
ENPPI were forced to make a chance with 71 minutes on the clock, Mahmoud Fathy replacing the injured Sherwida.
Ali Lotfi made an excellent save 15 minutes later, denying Amr Gamal’s perfect header.
The counterattack proved deadly as Salah Soliman’s overhead kick found the back of the net to give the hosts the lead.
However, the game witnessed one last turn, as Amr Gamal made it 1-1 in the 92nd minute with a fantastic volley.