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VIDEO: Ahly lose to Getafe on penalties
Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel, Ahmed Fathi, Sherif Hazem, Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Rahil, Ahmed El-Sheikh, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Abdullah El-Said, Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’, Emad Meteb
Getafe XI: Baladz Megyeri; Juan Cala, Damian Suarez, Roberto Lago, Santiago Vergini, Alvaro Medran, Angel Lafita, Juan Rodriguez, Victor Rodriguez, Moi Gomez, Stefan Scepovic
The Madrid-based side started off the stronger of the two sides, immediately pinning Ahly back into their half.
Just seven minutes in, Ahmed Adel passed the ball straight to an opposition player, but redeemed himself by making a solid save from the resulting shot.
Abdullah El-Said headed the ball against a defender and into goalkeeper Megyeri’s arms minutes later, but it was a rare foray forward in a period dominated by Getafe.
That chance was quickly followed up by a dangerous Getafe attack that saw Adel make another save.
Debutant El-Sheikh’s shot-cum-cross was headed just wide by Meteb in the 26th minute, but Adel would have to make two more big stops to send his side into the break level.
The second interval saw a lower tempo to the play, and the first big opportunity of the half came with just 24 minutes left; Stefan Scepovic skied his shot over the bar with only Adel to beat inside the area.
Another warning was issued to the Red Devils in the 71st minute, when the Spaniards unluckily hit the post.
Mabrouk brought on Abdel-Zaher for El-Sheikh in the 72nd minute, and the substitute’s impact was immediate; Ahmed Fathi’s fantastic cross was expertly headed into the far corner by the forward seconds after his introduction.
Al Ahly failed to see out the remainder of the match, however, and substitute Pedro Leon scored with a stunning strike in the 86th minute to level the scores.
Neither side could find a winner in the final minutes, and when the final whistle came, it was time for penalties.
El-Said, Meteb, and Ashour scored for Al Ahly, while Naguib hit the post and Abdel-Zaher’s effort went wide of the upright. Leon, Lafita, Alvaro and Suarez all scored for Getafe, who walked away with a win.
Al Ahly’s next official match is on the 12th of September, at home to Stade Malien in the final round of Confederation Cup group stage matches. It is worth noting that Mabrouk’s men have already qualified for the semi-finals of the competition.
You can watch the goals and shootout below: