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VIDEO: Ittihad hold Al Ahly to second draw in a row
Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Fathi, Hegazy, Samir, Maaloul; El-Sulaya, Ghaly, Soliman, Nedved, El-Said; Ajayi
Ittihad XI: El-Sayed; Farouk, Bazouka, Nabil, Shehata; El-Sheikh, Nour El-Sayed, Al-Adham, Kabonga; Kamar, Salem
Al Ahly needed only four minutes to take the lead through a goal by Walid Soliman. The winger’s curling effort from the edge of the box beat Ittihad’s goalkeeper Mahmoud El-Sayed, recording Walid’s second goal of the season.
Five minutes later, Al Ahly were on the verge of adding their second goal as Ali Maaloul’s pass found Nedved but his left-footed shot was saved by El-Sayed.
Ittihad started to cause problems in Al Ahly’s final third after 14 minutes, when Mohamed Salem received a ball in the box but his low cross was cleared by Al Ahly defense.
Six minutes later, Al Ahly were close to make it 2-0 after an impressive counter attack. Fathi’s pass found El-Said in the penalty area but his first time strike hit the bar before Soliman’s follow up was saved by El-Sayed.
In the 36th minute Walid Soliman was in the thick of the action again as he received Ghaly’s pass from the right side but El-Sayed saved the ball, denying the Red Devils from adding a second.
Three minutes before the break, Mohamed Salem found himself one-on-one with Sherif Ekramy, but Al Ahly goalkeeper impressed to prevent Salem from scoring an equaliser as the first half ended with a 1-0 advantage to Al Ahly.
One minute into the second half, Karim Nedved was awarded a penalty after being tackled inside the box. However Mahmoud El-Sayed starred again to save El-Said’s shot.
Right after the penalty, Ittihad were awarded a free kick near the edge of the six-yard box. Ahmed El-Sheikh’s effort hit the woodwork before Khaled Kamar’s follow up was deflected off Ahmed Fathi’s leg to send Ekramy the wrong way and find the net.
In the 68th minute, Ittihad managed to take the lead through substitute forward Kabongo Kasongo who received a brilliant through ball from Nour El-Sayed before firing into Ekramy’s net.
Only one minute later, Junior Ajayi levelled the score for Al Ahly. The Nigerian forward chested Soliman’s ball before sending a powerful volley that flew past El-Sayed.
Al Ahly took complete control for the remaining minutes of the game, but the players lacked the decisive final touch.
In the 84th minute, Saad Samir had a golden chance to regain the lead for Al Ahly but his close-range shot was denied by El-Sayed, two minutes before El-Said’s left-footed shot from inside the penalty area went above the bar.
In the second minute of added time, Al Ahly were awarded a second penalty following a foul on Amr Gamal, but Momen Zakria’s shot hit the right post to waste a chance to grab all three points.
Despite the draw, Al Ahly stay on top of league table with 17 points. Ittihad are fifth on 13 points.