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VIDEO: El-Said strike secures win for Al Ahly over El-Geish
Al Ahly managed to beat Tala’a El-Geish in the first round of the Egyptian Premier League, thanks to Abdallah El-Said’s long-range strike.
Newly-appointed coach José Peisero had a successful debut with the Reds; something that would calm some of Al Ahly fans who did not support the board’s choice of the new manager.
Al Ahly’s XI: Sherif Ekramy; Sabry Rahil, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Soby (62′ Mo’men Zakaria), Walid Soliman (71′ Saleh Gomaa); John Antwi (90+3′ Amr Gamal).
Tala’a El-Geish XI: Mohamed Bassam; Mahmoud Hamdy, Mo’tamed Mohsen, Reda El-Azab (82′ Ahmed Zaghloul), Assem Salah; Mohamed Rizk (64′ Mohamed Ashraf), Abd El-Aziz Tawfik, Frank; Alaa Ali, Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek (85′ Shedid Kenawy), Arafa El-Sayed.
Al Ahly forced their control over the game since the beginning of the first half, in an attempt to score an early goal. El-Geish’s defense, however, denied the Red Devils’ from scoring.
The first chance for El-Giesh came in the 13th minute, when Reda El-Azab’s free kick went beside the left post.
The highlight of this half was El-Geish’s goalkeeper Mohamed Bassam who managed to deny Al Ahly several times.
In the 17th minute, El-Geish’s Mahmoud Hamdy was able to prevent Al Ahly’s John Antwi from going one-on-one with Bassam, effectively eliminating any danger on his keeper.
Bassam then saved two definite goals from John Antwi and Walid Soliman respectively.
One minute from half time, Ahmed Hegazy tried his luck as well, but the bar denied his header and Bassam was able to save it after the ball rebounded, ending the first half in a goalless draw.
As the second half started, Al Ahly continued to pressure El-Geish. In the 59th minute, Ahmed Fathi sent a nice pass to Abdallah El-Said who shot the ball wide over the post.
10 minutes later, John Antwi managed to score a beautiful header, yet the referee ruled it out for an offside.
Peseiro then brought on Mo’men Zakaria for Ramadan Sobhy in the 62nd minute. Few minutes after coming in, Zakaria crossed the ball from the right side but Bassam was yet again in the suitable position.
In the 75th minute, Abdallah El-Said scored an absolute stunner. Antwi was denied by El-Geish’s defender from going one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the ball reached El-Said, who shoot from a long way out, scoring Al Ahly’s first goal.
Zakaria’s luck did not get any better as his shot in the 80th minute hit the woodwork yet again.
Al Ahly won the first three points in the season, as they fight to regain their position as the league champions, after losing the title to archrivals Zamalek last season.
The Red Devils will face Ghazl El-Mahala in the second round of the league on Sunday, while El-Geish will play against Wadi Degla on Monday.