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VIDEO: Al Ahly defeat El-Maqassa on Jol’s debut
The Dutch coach was successful on his debut with the Red Devils; earning his first three points and putting his team, temporarily, nine points clear on top of the table.
Al Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel Abdel-Moneim; Sabry Rahil, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi; Hossam Ghaly, Hossam Ashour (Mohamed Hany), Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhy (85′ Walid Soliman), Momen Zakaria; Malick Evouna (66′ Amr Gamal).
Misr El-Maqassa XI: Mahmoud Hamdy, Ahmed Samy, Mohamed Abou El-Magd, Abdel-Hamid Samy (85′ El-Sayed Hamdi), Hosny Fathi, Hany Said, Amr Barakat, Mahmoud Abdel-Aati ‘Donga’, Abdel-Lateif Abdel-Kader (65′ Omar El-Najdi), Mido Gaber (85′ Ahmed Fawzi), Nana Poku.
Misr El-Maqassa, still motivated by their win in the latest encounter against Al Ahly in the first round, kicked off the match strongly.
Al Ahly offensive intentions were also clear as Malick Evouna shot a strong ball in the 11th minute, but it went wide over the post.
Two minutes later, Mo’men Zakaria followed the lead of Evouna; he received the ball in the box and hit it over the post.
Halfway through the first half, Abdallah El-Said skillfully placed the ball following a pass from the left side; however, the ball didn’t hit the back of the net.
Al Ahly goalkeeper Ahmed Adel Abdel-Moneim firmly stood his ground, as he cleared Abdel-Lateif Abdel-Kader’s rocket shot into a corner.
Sobhy responded minutes later with a strong header that went centimeters above the post.
The 18-year-old’s hard work paid off as he scored a beautiful goal, following an assist from El-Said. Sobhy sent the ball to the net amid chaos in El-Maqassa’s box, to break the deadlock.
El-Maqassa started the second half with the aim to equalise. Six minutes into the second half, Abou ElMagd fired a ball towards Ahmed Adel, but the latter skillfully cleared it into a corner, keeping his net clean.
Eight minutes later, Ahmed Hegazy committed a mistake by returning the ball to Ahmed Adel. Mido Gaber benefited from the miscommunication, scoring the equaliser for El-Maqassa.
In the 66th minute, Martin Jol decided to bring on Amr Gamal to replace Malick Evouna. Ten minutes after coming on, Gamal gave Al Ahly the lead once again after an assist from El-Said with Gamal calmly placing the ball beyond Mahmoud Hamdy.
The rest of the match witnessed attempts from both teams to score; yet their attempts were not successful.
Al Ahly make it a temporary nine-point difference away from arch-rivals Zamalek, waiting for the latter’s match against Arab Contractors on Sunday. Following their loss, El-Maqassa remain fourth with 33 points.