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Ittihad victorious in Alexandrian derby against Smouha

Ittihad Alexandria

defeated Alexandria rivals Smouha on Wednesday 3-2 to leap above Al Ahly in second.

Smouha XI : Ahmed Yehia – Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ – Ayman Ashraf – Sherif Hazem – Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek – – Tarek Hamed – Abdullah El-Shahat – Ernst Papa Arko – Samuel Owsusu – Hany El-Egeizy

Ittihad of Alexandria XI : Aly Farag – Hossam Abdel-Gawad – Aly Gaber – Fathi Mabrouk – Mohamed Adel – Ibrahim El-Shayeb – Ayman Saeed – – Mahmoud Fathi – – Mohamed Farouk

Smouha’s dominance was obvious in the first minutes of the game. It took them 14 minutes to score the first goal of the match. Ernst Papa Arko passed the ball to Ahmed Hamoudi exquisitely curled the ball into the net.

The half hour mark saw Za’eem El Thaghr‘s equaliser when Amer Sabry latched onto Fathi Mabrouk’s free-kick from the left-hand side and headed into the back of the net.

Towards the end of the half, Hany El Egeizy tried  a clever chip over Aly Farag, but the ball went over the bar.

After a lively first half, Ittihad put themselves ahead 26 minutes into the second half when Ahmed Sherwida received Ibrahim El Shayeb’s cross infront of goal and finished past Ahmed Yehia.

Minutes later, Sherwida scored his second goal of the game when Ayman Said took advantage of Smouha’s defensive error and found the former U-20 international who scored from 2o yards out.

Smouha managed to pull one back in injury time with a great team move which was finished off by Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek.

The two Alexandrian clubs are now first and second respectively, but have played two games more than Al Ahly.

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Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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