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VIDEO: El-Said’s free-kick helps Al Ahly see off Ismaily
A free kick by Abdallah El-Said helped Al Ahly cruise past Ismaily in the 15th round of the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday.
Two days after Jose Peseiro parted ways with Al Ahly, interim manager Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Shaf ‘Zizo’ led the team to a 1-0 victory, while putting the Red Castle temporary on top of the league table.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Hany, Ahmed Hegazy, Ramy Rabia, Sabry Rahil, Hossam Ghaly, Ahmed Fathi, Abdallah El Said, Ramadan Sobhy, John Antwi, Amr Gamal.
Ismaily XI: Mohamed Sobhy, Ahmed Samir Farag, Shawky El-Said, Taha Adel, Emad Hamdy, Ahmed Samir, Torric Jebrin, Mohamed Fathi, Mahmoud Hamad, Mahmoud Afroto, Marwan Mohsen.
The Red Devils tried to put early pressure on Ismaily players, however, Amr Gamal, Antwi and Ramadan Sobhy failed to capitalise on their scoring chances.
Marwan Mohsen and Afroto also failed to convert Ismaily chances as their attempts were denied by Al Ahly defense.
In the 17th minute, Abdallah El-Said received a cross from Antwi, but his strong shot went wide. Three minutes later, El-Said squared the the ball to Ahmed Fathi, however, Al Ahly’s right-back missed the target from a close range.
Ismaily’s defense made a goal line clearance on a header by John Antwi following a great cross from Sabry Rahil in the 42nd minute.
Two minutes before the break, Al Ahly were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. The former Ismaily midfielder Abdallah El-Said placed the ball into the back of the net, to finally break the deadlock and give his side the lead.
The second half witnessed more pressure from Ismaily but the strikers failed to cause real danger on Al Ahly’s goal.
In the 56th minute, Ismaily were close to score an equaliser after Ahmed Samir Farag sent a great cross to Marwan Mohsen, whose header went over the bar.
In the 60th minute, Al Ahly almost doubled their lead as Rabia headed the ball over the bar after Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Sobhy wrongly came out of his goal.
Hossam Ghaly and Sabry Rahil were subbed off after picking up injuries during the game, and were by replaced Momen Zakaria and Hussein El-Sayed.
Amr Gamal continued to miss scoring chances as he latched onto a ball before seeing his strike saved by Ismaily goalkeeper in the 75th minute.
Right after Gamal’s chance, Zizo made his third substitution, bringing on veteran striker Emad Meteb to replace Gamal. Meteb had no significant impact during the remaining 15 minutes.
In the 79th minute, Antwi missed a chance to double Al Ahly’s lead after great work from Ramadan Sobhy but the Ghanaian striker blasted wide.
After the game, Al Ahly climbed to top of the league table with 29 points, waiting for Zamalek’s clash with Al Masry later on Wednesday. Ismaily continued to sit in the 11th place with 18 points.
Al Ahly are scheduled to play against Ittihad of Alexandria on Saturday, while Ismaily will face Wadi Degla on Sunday.