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VIDEO: Al Ahly secure 38th league title after beating Ismaily
Al Ahly secured their 38th Egyptian Premier League title after beating Ismaily 2-1 in gameweek 32.
The Red Devils clinched the title after Zamalek drew 1-1 with Al Masry as Friday’s results put the Red Castle on top of league standings, seven points clear of second-placed Zamalek with only two rounds remaining.
Al Ahly needed only nine minutes to open the scoring. Momen Zakaria’s header rebounded from the post for Ramadan Sobhy to convert into Ismaily’s net putting Al Ahly in the lead.
Three minutes later, Al Ahly doubled their lead through a freekick by Walid Soliman to make it 2-0 for the guests.
Ismaily reduced the deficit in the 18th minute, as Banahene found Islam Gamal’s cross to head the ball into Ekramy’s net.
Around the half-hour mark, Al Ahly wasted a chance to make it 3-1 after Sobhy dribbled past Ismaily defense, and passed the ball to Soliman but Ismaily defense managed to divert it.
The hosts were awarded a freekick on the edge of the box after a challenge by Ahmed Fathi, but Hosny Abd-Rabou sent it over the bar.
Four minutes to the break, John Antwi missed a chance to double his side’s lead after he found Soliman’s cross but he failed to send it past Ismaily defenders as the first half ended 2-1 for Al Ahly.
Walid Soliman hit the crossbar from the kick off, before Antwi missed a sitter three minutes into the second half.
Karim Bambo came off the bench for Ismaily in the 53rd minute and almost scored on his first touch against his former team, but the ball went over the bar.
At the one-hour mark, Mohamed Hani came on to replace already-carded Ahmed Fathi.
The game was halted for 10 minutes after Ismaily players complained over the presence of some fans in the stadium, before it was resumed in the 74th minute.
Ismaily attempted to score an equaliser during the 10 minutes of added time, but failed as the game ended with a 2-1 victory for Al Ahly who won the league for a record 38 times.