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VIDEO: Emad Meteb’s late goal leads Ahly to win over Petrojet
Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Sabri Rahil, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi; Hossam Ghaly, Saleh Gomaa, Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria; John Antwi
Petrojet XI: Mohamed El-Shennawy, Moatasem Salem, Mohamed Dabash, Osama Mohamed, Mohamed Tarek, Mostafa Shbeita, Ahmed Magdi, Karim Tarek, Shaibu Yakubu, Mohamed Ragab, Shimelis Bekele
The first quarter hour of the match-up was a dull affair, with both sides struggling to get stuck in and take control of the game. The most eventful happening of the first fifteen minutes was Mohamed Naguib’s yellow card in the eighth minute.
In the 15th minute, Abdallah El-Said almost added to a magnificent start of the season by scoring against the run of play, but his shot was blocked inside the box. Twenty minutes later, Mohamed Tarek should have given Petrojet the lead after dancing around Naguib, but his toe poke trickled just wide of the post.
Just as half time seemed to be looming, Ahmed Fathi sent a screamer from 25 yards that went just inches off of the left post. The teams ran into the locker rooms tied at zero in an even first half.
New Al Ahly manager José Peseiro made a change at half time, bringing on Ramadan Sobhy for Saleh Gomaa. In the 61st minute, he made his second change by bringing on Mohamed Hany for Ahmed Fathi, who, barring his screamer at the end of the first half, had a quiet game.
The second half was as even and uneventful as the first half, with neither team finding it easy to break down the other. In the 80th minute, Peseiro made his final change, substituting Walid Soliman for Emad Meteb. 12 minutes later, in the second minute of stoppage time, Emad Meteb proved his worth by heading home Sabri Rahil’s cross to give the Red Devils a 1-0 win in Suez.
Ahly remain first in the Egyptian Premier League standings with nine points, two ahead of rivals Zamalek.
Watch the goal: