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VIDEO: El-Maqassa hand Al Ahly first defeat of season
A second-half goal gave Misr El-Maqassa a 1-0 win against Al Ahly in the fourth round of the Egyptian Premier League on Thursday.
After a perfect start, Al Ahly conceded their first defeat of the season after losing to El-Maqassa, in a game that saw Al Ahly players waste several scoring chances.
Misr El-Maqassa XI: Mahmoud Hamdy; Saleh Moussa, Hany Saeed, Ahmed Samy, Abdel-Hamid Samy; Mahmoud Waheed, Omar Nagdy, Hassan Fathi, Mahmoud Abdelaati; Nana Poku, Mohamed Gaber Mido.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Raheel, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy; Hossam Ghaly, Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria; John Antwi, Emad Meteb.
The first half started quickly, with strong pressure from both teams in an attempt to score an early goal.
The first chance for Al Ahly came in the 5th minute, when John Antwi received a cross from Momen Zakaria. El-Maqassa’s goalkeeper Mahmoud Hamdy, however, was able to save it.
Al Ahly increased their pressure and in the 13th minute, Momen Zakaria sent a cross but before the ball reached Emad Meteb, El-Maqassa defense were able to divert it into a corner.
El-Maqassa tried to cause some danger to Ekramy’s post and were awarded several free-kicks close to the box, however, Al Ahly defense were able to block them.
In the 27th minute, El-Maqassa’s Omar Nagdy sent a great shot that went over the bar.
Antwi missed a chance to open the scoring in the 38th minute, after Abdallah El-Said sent him a long pass. Antwi, however, sent it over the post.
In the 55th minute, Ahmed Fathi sent a quality cross to Momen Zakaria who headed the ball off the near post but Mahmoud Hamdy saved it.
Despite Al Ahly’s control over the game, El-Maqassa opened the scoring in the 58th minute. Ahmed Samy scored from a free-kick to give El-Maqassa the lead.
Right after the goal, Al Ahly manager Jose Peseiro made two substitutions as he brought on Malick Evouna and Walid Soliman to replace Meteb and Antwi.
Al Ahly made their final substitution in the 73rd minute, as Amr Gamal came on to replace Hossam Ashour.
The Red Devils increased their pressure, and had several chances inside El-Maqassa’s box, however, defense were able to block their attempts.
In the 83rd minute, Sabry Raheel sent a perfect cross to Amr Gamal, whose header went over the post.
Evouna was close to score an equalizer in the 86th minute, but El-Maqassa’s defense made a goal-line clearance to maintain their lead.
In the first minute of added time, Abdallah El-Said sent a powerful shot from outside the box but it got deflected to a corner kick, ending the game with a 1-0 win for El-Maqassa.
After four rounds of the league, Al Ahly sit third in the league table with nine points, while El-Maqassa moved to the fourth place with eight points.