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VIDEO: Al Ahly snatch late draw with Ghazl El-Mahalla
The Red Devils started the game by trying to dominate possession, however, they weren’t able to successfully translate this possession to a goal.
Ghazl El-Mahalla started their quest for a goal after a wonderful through pass from Islam Gamal to Mohamed Mohsen who didn’t fall to the offside trap, but Sherif Ekramy heroically cleared the ball a few inches away from Mohsen’s foot. The ball was then wrongly converted to Mohamed Yehia who gave a dreadful shot that was cleared away by Rami Rabia.
Sabry Rahil along with Rabi Rabia and Amr Gamal received yellow cards after only 20 minutes. Rahil also tried to trick El-Mahalla’s goalkeeper with a right side free-kick but Mohamed Fawzy changed the ball to a corner.
Al Ahly’s striker John Antwi almost opened the scoring in the 36th minute as he took Amr Gamal’s pass and shot the ball that El-Mahllah’s defense managed to stop.
Five minutes later, Antwi strikes again, thanks to a brilliant cross from Mohamed Hani, but Antwi’s shot was too strong and went over the crossbar.
Samir Kamouna’s side continued defending their goal perfectly and managed to endure Al Ahly’s pressure to end the first half with a tie.
Ghazl El-Mahalla surprised Al Ahly with a goal five minutes into the second half from a cross that was shot by unmarked Mohamed Yehia, who easily scored the opener. The Cairo Giants then suffered from another big blow as Ekramy got injured right after the goal. ‘Zizo’ had to substitute the team’s primary goalkeeper with Mosaad Awad.
Al Ahly continued searching for an equaliser but the strikers missed the final touch. ‘Zizo’ then made two more substitutions, bringing on Saleh Gomaa and Malik Evouna instead of Hossam Ghaly and Antwi.
The game went on without major changes, as Al Ahly was stlil facing a hard time creating any dangerous opportunities towards El-Mahalla’s penalty area, except for Evouna’s close double kick in the 80th minute.
Saleh Gomaa actively went around the penalty area in an attempt to pass the ball to any of the team’s strikers but he failed to do so because of El-Mahalla’s excellent defense.
Four minutes before the match’s official time ended, Ghazl El-Mahalla defender was sent off for receiving two yellow cards.
The referee awarded Al Ahly with a penalty kick two minutes into the injury time after El-Mahalla’s defender used his hand to clear the ball, but bad luck continued following the team and Abdullah El-Said failed to score.
Fans were finally relieved when Ramadan Sobhy fired a shot that went to the corner of Mohamed Fawzy’s net, announcing the return of The Red Devils to the game in the 96th minute.
Al Ahly made efforts to win the match by scoring a second goal in the last minutes but Ghazl El-Mahalla players stood their ground and made sure they finish the match in a tie.
The team is still on top of the league with three points, while Ghazl El-Mahalla is in the 17th place with only seven points.