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VIDEO: Bekele denies Al Ahly all three points against Petrojet

Al Ahly beat Al-Arabi
Al Ahly drew 1-1 against Petrojet at the Cairo International Stadium in the 18th round of the .

Saad Samir scored the Red Devils’ only goal before Shemeles Bekele equalised for the Blue-Reds in the second half.

Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Mohamed Hany (Mohamed Rizk), Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Hussein El-Sayed; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly (Islam Roshdy); Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mahmoud Trezeguet; Salah El-Dein Said (Emad Meteb)

Petrojet XI: Mohamed El-Shenawy; Ahmed Magdy, Sameh Shousha, Mohamed Dabash, Osama Mohamed; Shehab El-Din Ahmed (Belal Ahmed), Moustafa Shebeita, James Owoboskini, Ahmed El-Shenawy; Shemeles Bekele (Ahmed Abdel-Ghany), Ehab El-Masry (68′ Abdelaziz Emam)

First Half:

Both teams started the game with an attacking mentality and a fast rhythm, and in the 14th minute Al Ahly’s Walid Soliman was inches away from scoring the first of the game when he latched onto Mohamed Hany’s cross from the right flank, but his header went over the bar.

Just one minute later, the Red Devils came close once more; after a number of short passes on the edge of the box the ball fell to Trezeguet who passed the ball back to Abdalla El-Said but the latter put too much power behind the ball as it went over the bar.

The Red Devils were keen on scoring first, as they came close again minutes later. Hussein El-Sayed crossed the ball into the opposition’s box before Hossam Ghaly laid the ball off to Abdallah El-Said whose shot again went off target.

Petrojet’s first real chance of the game came through Shemeles Bekele near the hour mark. The visitors were on the counter attack as Ehab El Masry ran with the ball into Al Ahly’s empty midfield before squaring the ball to Bekele, but his shot was miraculously saved by Ekramy.

Al Ahly made it 1-0 in first half injury time when Walid Soliman cleverly played the ball to Saad Samir, before the defender skilfully overstepped the ball tricking both the El-Shenawy and Dabash before slotting the ball into the net.

Second Half

The visitors started the second half with total dominance over the reigning champions. In the 46th minute Ahmed El Shenawy’s pass put Bekele into space behind Ahly’s defence down the left flank, Bekele powerful shot went just wide of the post.

Petrojet equalised seven minutes later when Mohamed Nauib fouled Ehab El-Masry inside the box winning his side a penalty; Ekramy saved Bekele’s penalty kick but couldn’t save his side from the follow-up, as the Ethiopian made up for his penalty miss seconds later.

Inform player Mahmoud Trezeguet was on target with his shot from the edge of the box when he cut in from the left to take a shot that Mohamed El-Shenawy easily handled.

In the 77th minute, Trezeguet came close to scoring the winner. Walid Soliman squared the ball to the attacking midfielder on the edge of the six yard box, however the Egyptian international’s shot was beautifully saved by Mohamed El-Shenawy

Seven minutes before full time, Shenawy performed a stunning double save. Mohamed Rizk had a go from outside the box, which El-Shenawy dealed with, as well as dealing with Walid Soliman’s follow-up.

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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