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Al Ahly needed to prepare well for their upcoming crucial African clash against Moroccan outfits Wydad Casablanca while Haras El-Hodood, a team which has been relegated to the second division, aimed to add to the Reds misery following a series of disappointing results.
Al Ahly’s Starting XI: Ahmed Adel Abd El-Moneim, Saad Samir (Mohamed Nagiub), Hussein El-Sayed, Rami Rabia, Mohamed Hani, Ahmed Fathi (Hossam Ghaly), Bassem Ali, Saleh Gomaa (Ahmed El-Sheikh), Amr El-Sulaya, Emad Meteb, Amr Gamal.
Haras El-Hodood’s XI: Ahmed Saad, Said Gad, Ali El-Feil, Mohamed Gabr, Mahmoud Mubarak, Islam Sayed (Ahmed Salem Safi), Sayed Hassan, Mohamed Abd Allah (Ahmed Ramadan ‘Beckham’, Mostafa Gamal, Tarek Abou El-Ezz (Mohamed Gamal), Mohamed Farouk ‘Benzema’.
The first half was uneventful until after 30 minutes when a handball in the box earned Al Ahly a penalty, which was successfully converted by Emad Meteb, who received a rare start following the departure of Gabonese striker Malick Evouna to China.
Minutes later, Saleh Gomaa managed to skillfully steal the ball from an opponent at the edge of their box, but Meteb was unable to benefit from the rebound.
Al Ahly’s fans held their breath when Saad Samir suffered a harsh collision and a nasty fall on the ground.
Thankfully, he got on his feet, but Mohamed Naguib took his place in the second half.
Amr Gamal had a chance to double his team’s lead into the second half when his header met Saleh Gomaa’s cross, but his effort was too high.
In the 64th minute later, Amr El-Sulaya hammered home a powerful shot from distance, successfully getting his name on the scoresheet.
Haras El-Hodood came back into the game when the referee awarded them a penalty from an Al Ahly handball. Benzema buried the spot kick, pulling one back for the Alexandria club, but they were unable to score a second and force extra time.
The win sees Al Ahly qualify to the quarter final of Egypt Cup, and the club will eyeing their 36th title, the last of which came in 2007.