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VIDEO: Zakaria hits brace as Al Ahly impress in 3-1 win over Aswan
A brace from Momen Zakaria helped Al Ahly down newly promoted Aswan FC in a thrilling match that ended 3-1 at Borg El-Arab Stadium.
Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Hany, Naguib, Hegazy, El-Sayed; Fathi, Ghaly, Hamdy, Momen, Soliman; Evouna.
Aswan XI: El-Sayed; Shabrawy, El-Kady, Oduro, Salama; El-Fayoumi, Amir Abed, Rizk; Naguib, El-Masry, Maree.
Al Ahly’s players entered the match with their eyes on the three points, following their disappointing draw with Wadi Degla. The first chance of the match came in the sixth minute, when a shot from Fouad Salama went over the bar. Just one minute later, Sherif Ekramy caught the ball from Mohamed El-Fayoumi’s shot. It took ex-Zamalek player Momen Zakaria just 13 minutes to open the scoring after a magnificent through ball from Hossam Ghaly found Mohamed Hany, who cut into the penalty box, defeating two defenders, and finally passing the ball to Momen Zakaria, who found the top left corner of the net.
Al Ahly pushed forward forcing Aswan’s players to drop back and rely on counter attacks. In the 25th minute, Walid Soliman dodged a defender before releasing a shot that went wide. In the 33rd minute, a counter attack gifted Aswan an equalizer. A clearance from the Aswan defense fell to Shokry Naguib, who successfully ran past Naguib and placed the ball in Ekramy’s goal. Four minutes later, Zakaria wasted a golden chance, when a cross from Hossam Ghaly found him in the box, but the former missed the frame of the goal.
However, Momen Zakaria was able to score the second of the night in the second minute of stoppage time when he latched on a Walid Soliman cross with his head.
In the 48th minute, Momen Zakaria attempted to complete his hat-trick, but his shot went wide. In the 50th minute, Hussein El-Sayed crossed the ball from the left, but Malick Evouna’s shot hit the post. In the 61st minute, Abdallah El-Said replaced youngster Ahmed Hamdy.
In the 62nd minute, Aswan came close to scoring a second equalizer, but Naguib’s shot drifted wide. Five minutes later, Evouna scored the third goal to make the score 3-1. He received a ball from Soliman and beat a defender before finishing to the left of the Aswan keeper.
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In the 71st minute, Emad El-Nahhas made Aswan’s first substitution with Mohamed Fawzi replacing Amir Abed. Just three minutes later, Ahmed Abdel-Zahr was subbed on for goals corer Malick Evouna. The final 15 minutes of the match, saw a scarcity in Aswan attacks, while Al Ahly players continued to push forward.
After this match, Aswan fell to 14th place with eight points, while Al Ahly rose to sixth with 16, six points away from league leaders Misr El-Maqassa.