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VIDEO: Al Ahly reach Egypt Cup semis after thrashing Ittihad El-Shorta 5-0
Ittihad El-Shorta XI: Essam Saad, Emad Helmy, Ahmed Adel, Khaled Setouhi, Ahmed Gamal, Mostafa Shamama, Salah Rico, Omar Kamal, Amr Feroun, Khaled El-Ghandour, Mohamed Bassyouni.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib,Hussein El-Sayed; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly; Momen Zakaria, Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhy; John Antwi.
The Red Devils new signing John Antwi missed the first chance of the game in the second minute as the former Ismaily player’s shot went beside the post.
Nine minutes later, El-Shorta had their first attempt on the goal coming from Salah Rico; however, his shot went over the bar. Two minutes later, Ekramy saved a low shot from El-Shorta’s Omar Kamal.
Al Ahly manager Fathi Mabrouk made an early substitution in the 22nd minute, as Mohamed Hany came on to replace Ahmed Fathy.
The Red Devils opened the scoring in the 31st minute, with Momen Zakaria passing the ball to Antwi on the edge of the area, and the striker slipped it between two defenders to El-Said who converted it into the net.
Four minutes later, Ramadan Sobhy doubled Al Ahly’s lead. The 18-year-old superbly controlled the ball and dinked it over the goalkeeper.
Five minutes to the half time, Antwi was close to scoring Al Ahly’s third goal, however, El-Shorta’s goalkeeper denied him and was able to defend his post.
Three minutes into the second half, Antwi continued to miss his scoring chances as he went one-on-one with El-Shorta’s goalkeeper who rushed out to clear the danger.
Momen Zakaria grabbed the third goal for Al Ahly in the 58th minute after he received a cross from substitute Mohamed Hany to convert it into the post.
After missing several chances to score, Antwi was brought off by Mabrouk and was replaced by Malick Evouna in the 60th minute.
Emad Meteb scored Al Ahly’s fourth goal three minutes after he came on for Hussein El-Sayed. Second half substitute Meteb tapped the ball into the post following a crossing from substitute Evouna.
In the 74th minute, El-Shorta were close to score from a counterattack, however, the post denied them their first goal.
Two minutes to the end of the game, Meteb scored Al Ahly’s fifth goal and his second in the game. The veteran striker picked up the ball 25 yards out, before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top right corner.
Al Ahly are set to face Petrojet in the semi-finals of the competition.