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VIDEO: Al Ahly beat Petrojet to reach Egypt Cup final
Al Ahly have reached Egypt Cup final after defeating Petrojet 3-1 in the competition’s semi-final on Wednesday.
The Red Devils denied Petrojet new manager Ahmed Hassan his dream of reaching Egypt Cup final as they made a comeback victory and knocked the petroleum club out of the competition.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Hussein El-Sayed; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhy, Walid Soliman; Amr Gamal.
Petrojet XI: Mohamed El-Shennawy; Sameh Shousha, Osama Mohamed, Amr Hassan, Mohab Said, Karim Tarek, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Mostafa Shebeta, Hossam Hassan, Mohamed Ragab, Ahmed Gaafar.
Petrojet’s first attempt came in the 11th minute, when Mohab Said’s shot went over Al Ahly’s crossbar.
Al Ahly’s Hussein El-Sayed and Ramadan Sobhy also tried to cause some danger on Petrojet’s post; however, their attempts were cleared by the defense and the goalkeeper.
Sobhy squandered a chance to score Al Ahly’s first goal in the 22nd minute, as he sent a weak shot that was saved by Petrojet’s goalkeeper.
Two minutes later, Mohamed Ragab opened the scoring for the petroleum club when he latched onto a cross from Karim Tarek.
After the goal, Al Ahly manager Fathi Mabrouk made an early substitution by taking off Ghaly and bringing on Momen Zakaria in the 33rd minute.
In the 38th minute, Walid Soliman missed a chance to equalize the scoreline, as his shot missed the target.
Sobhy’s several attempts on goal finally paid off, after he converted a cross from Abdallah El-Said into the net, leveling the scoreline three minutes before the end of the first half.
Al Ahly’s performance improved in the second half, as they were hoping to score their second goal.
Petrojet, however, were close to snatching the lead again, as Ragab went one-on-one with Ekramy, who blocked his effort.
In the 71st minute, the Red Devils’ left-back Hussein El-Sayed scored Al Ahly’s second goal after picking up the ball Momen Zakaria’s pass to shoot straight into the bottom left corner.
Veteran striker Emad Meteb came off the bench in the 73rd minute to replace Walid Soliman. Three minutes later, Meteb scored, however, his goal was ruled out for offside.
The Egyptian international Ahmed Fathi secured Al Ahly’s win after latching onto a lobbed ball and scoring with his left foot, three minutes after he came on as a substitute for Amr Gamal.
Al Ahly, who reach Cup final for the first time since 2010, will be facing the winner from Zamalek and Smouha in the other semi-final match.