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VIDEO: Al Ahly off to perfect start with win against Ghazl El-Mahalla
The Red Castle win their second game of the season, beating Ghazl El-Mahalla 2-0
Al Ahly are off to a perfect start as they sailed to 2-0 victory against Ghazl El-Mahalla on Sunday.
Abduallah El Said and Hossam Ghaly notched the two lone goals in the match against Ghazl. El-Said converted a penalty after errant Ghazl handball gave the Reds an opportunity to go ahead.
Ghazl squandered a few chances to put them back in the game against, but Ghaly’s late goal sealed the win for Ahly.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy, El-Sayed, Ahmed Hegazy,Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Momen, Abdallah El-Said, Soliman Walid, John Antwi.
Ghazl El-Mahalla XI: Mohammed Fawzi, Ahmed Al-Sisi, Khaled Abdel Razek, Mohammed Mustafa Kaloh Albaali, Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, Ahmed Abdel Aal, Hossam Ghaly, Mohammed Yahya, Khald Kassab, Ramadan Rabi.
Al Ahly started the game with dozens of short passes to dominate the game while Ghazl El Mahalla used aggressive pressing to counter the Red’s finesse.
Al Ahly failed to breakthrough Mahlla’s defense until the 12th minute when Walid Soliman found John Antwi whose header just went over the bar.
In the 30th minute Walid Soliman used his skill to open a shooting space for himself but Mahlla’s keeper saved.
Al Ahly got a penalty on the 37th minute after Mahlla’s defender handled the ball off a shot from Abduallah El Said.
El Said converted the penalty to put Al Ahly ahead with seven minutes to go in the first half.
In stoppage time, Mahalla striker Ramadan Rabi wasted a glorious one-on-one with Sherif Ekramy after a through-ball sliced past Al Ahly’s defense.
The second half started with the same rhythm as the first.
John Antwi missed the first chance in the 53rd minute on a cross from Ahmed Fathy, which the keeper saved.
As the final quarter of the match approached, the match slowed, and Al Ahly players became much less patient with their passes.
In the 68th minute, Al Ahly boss José Peseiro made his first substitution by taking off the injured Hossam Ashour and bringing on Malick Evouna. Al Ahly made their second change in the 74th minute when Salih Gomaa came on for Walid Soliman.
Al Ahly sealed the game at the 83rd with a goal from Hossam Ghaly from a rebounded header from Antwi from a corner kick.
Al Ahly and its new head coach are off to a perfect start of the early season with two wins in two games against El-Geish last week.
They are at the top of the table with six points.