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Al Ahly and Ismaily play out goalless stalemate in 104th Cairo-Ismailia Derby

Cairo-Ismailia DerbyAl Ahly and Ismaily played out a goalless stalemate in the Cairo-Ismailia Derby on Wednesday afternoon in the .

The Red Devils put a halt to Ismaily’s winning streak after the two sides played out a 0-0 draw in El-Gouna, in a game of clear-cut chances and controversy.

Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Sabry Rahil (Mousa Yedan 78′), Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Sherif Hazem; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’, Walid Soliman; Amr Gamal, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (Mohamed Rizk 83′).

Ismaily XI: Essam El-Hadary; Ahmed El-Esh, Karim El-Daw, Shawky El-Said, Ahmed Samir Farag; Amr El-Sulaya, Hosni Abd-Rabo, Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, Alexandro Lopez, John Antwi, Kelechi Osunwa (Mahmoud Metwaly 81′)

First Half

The Red Devils showed their control of midfield and attacking power from the start, coming close to opening the scoreline through Ahmed Abdel-Zaher just 15 minutes into the match.

The striker stormed through the Ismaily  defenders only to see his shot saved by El-Hadary, but Amr Gamal aimed a header on the rebound only to see it go inches wide.

Three minutes after Abdel-Zaher’s attempt, Gamal almost scored the first goal of the match. A deflected corner fell to Walid Soliman who crossed the ball into the box which reached Gamal whose backward kick was miraculously saved by El-Hadary.

Five Minutes before half-time the Dervishes started showing signs of life. Hossam Ashour fouled Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz 4o yards away of goal on the right side. Hosni Abd-Rabo crossed the foul in the box to Shawky El-Said who latched onto the ball, missing target by inches.

Second Half

A fair first half from both sides was not what the fans were looking for in a game such as the Cairo-Ismailia Derby.

The second half started with the Devils pressuring Ismaily players in their own half, and nine minutes into the the fell to Trezeguet who finished into the back of the net. However, referee Gehad Greisha ruled out the goal due to a handball by Amr Gamal in the build-up, replays showed that it was an incorrect decision.

It took the Dervishes just four minutes to find their pace. Hosni Abd-Rabo played the ball to Karim El-Daw inside the box who took advantage of Rahil’s mistake and had a shot from close range but it went over the bar.

Nineteen minutes into the second half Walid Soliman sprinted down the right flank before he crossing the ball in the box which almost resulted in an own goal, however the ball fell to Amr Gamal who missed the target from point blank range.

Ismaily’s Shawky El-Said left the pitch after receiving a red card in the final minute of stoppage time. Shawky had a bit of a tussle with Amr Gamal in the box waiting for Hossam Ghaly to take a corner. The referee gave both players a yellow card, which happened to Shawky’s second yellow of the match.

Ismaily is now in fifth place with 9 points whilst Al-Ahly are 13th in the table with two matches postponed.

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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