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VIDEO: Al Ahly edge Degla to bag third straight league win
Al Ahly maintained their perfect start to the Egyptian Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Wadi Degla in gameweek three on Wednesday.
The Red Devils went into this encounter with a 100 percent record after wins against Ismaily and Arab Contractors, while Wadi Degla had lost their opening fixture of the season 1-0 to Petrojet and beat Ittihad of Alexandria with the same scoreline in the second encounter.
Just after kick off, Degla suffered an injury blow as Samuel Affum stretchered off and was replaced by Hossam Arafat.
Al Ahly created a number of chances in the early stages of the game before they took the lead courtesy of former Wadi Degla player Karim Nedved, who slammed home a volley in the 18th minute to make it 1-0.
Three minutes to the break, Al Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy was called to duty and saved Ragab Nabil’s header from a corner.
Seven minutes into the second half, Boubacar Diarra won Degla a penalty for the second time this season after his header was handled by Momen Zakaria inside the box. Mostafa Galal converted from the spot to level the scorings.
Al Ahly needed only five minutes to restore their lead, as Ahmed Fathi’s cross found Momen Zakaria who headed past Degla keeper Essam El Hadary.
With about 15 minutes remaining to full time, Hossam Arafat attempted to equalise but his strike went wide.
The 80th minute saw Nigerian striker Junior Ajayi make his debut for Al Ahly as he came on to replace Ghana’s John Antwi. Amr El-Sulaya was also brought on as a late substitute for Abdallah El-Said.
Wadi Degla continued to push for an equaliser in the dying minutes of the game, but the final whistle blew with Al Ahly still 2-1 up.