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10-man Al Ahly beat ENPPI to widen gap with Zamalek
Martin Jol’s Al Ahly defeated ENPPI by a score of 2-0 despite playing with 10 players as Ramadan Sobhy was sent off during the break.
Al Ahly’s Starting XI: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Hegazy, Sabry Rahil, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Abdallah El-Said (76′ Walid Soliman), Momen Zakaria (85′ Saad Samir), Ramadan Sobhy, Amr Gamal (74′ Malick Evouna)
ENPPI’s Starting XI: Ali Lotfu Mohamed Nasef, Salah Soliman, Rami Sabry, Osama Ibrahim, Mahmoud Toba, Hamdy Fathi (66’Oumed Oukri) , Mahmoud Qaoud, Salah Ashour, Lama Keoulen (58′ Mario Martinez) Ahmed Abd El-Zaher (73′ Wael Farag)
30 minutes passed before the real action began as Ahly’s Abdallah El-Said fired the ball towards Lotfi’s empty net, but the ball went wide and way over the post.
Later on, a counter-attack led by Abd El-Zaher, who has been loaned out by Al Ahly, could have been quite dangerous if not for Rami Rabia who cleared it into a corner.
In the 41st minute, Al Ahly’s starlet Ramadan Sobhy skillfully won his side a penalty when he was tackled inside the box by Keoulen. Abdallah El-Said converted it successfully to register Al Ahly’s first goal.
Despite his wonderful performance, Ramadan Sobhy was sent off during the break.
Nevertheless, the Reds did not seem to be affected negatively on 10-man squad; Hossam Ghaly’s rocket could have added to Al Ahly’s lead but the bar saved ENPPI.
Oukri, who came in for Hamdy, made his presence known soon as he passed the ball to Martinez who placed the ball nicely but it went wide of the net.
Al Ahly’s second goal came in the 79th minute as ENPPI’s defender mistakenly deflected Mo’men Zakaria’s attempt from a free-kick to hit the back of Lotfi’s net.
Evouna came in for Amr Gamal and wasted multiple chances along with Martinez who despite not playing for long was one of ENPPI’s best players.
Sherif Ekramy also deserves rave mention for his concentration as he brilliantly saved Al Ahly from conceding a last-minute goal.
The Red Castle are currently 11-points clear at the top of the table, easing the path towards reclaiming the title from arch-rivals and second placed Zamalek.