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Al Ahly dealt further blow to Egyptian league chances with loss to Contractors

Arab ContractorsHassan Shehata’s Arab Contractors defeated Al Ahly 1-0 in the 27th round of the .

The defeat is a blow to Ahly’s hopes of competing for the Egyptian Premier League title this season as it increased the gap to 11 points with Zamalek, the league leaders.


Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Sherif Hazem, Hussein El-Sayed; Mohamed Rizk, Hossam Ghaly, Trezeguet, Abdallah El-Said; Momen Zakaria, Peter Ebimobowei.

Arab Contractors XI: Mahmoud Abou El-Saoud; Ahmed Aly, Sherif Alaa, Mahmoud Ezzat, Ahmed Moudy; Mohamed Shawky, Mohamed Khalaf, Hossam Abdel-Aal, Kareem Mostafa; Taher Mohamed, Ernest Papa Arko.

First Half

The game started fast especially from Al Ahly who were dominating across the midfield, which led to many attempts from the Reds into the Contractors box. Arab Contractors, however, played a defensive game depending solely on counterattacks.

The earliest chance for Al Ahly came in the 19th minute, after a great through pass from Mohamed Rizk to Momen Zakaria who went one-on-one with the goalkeeper yet Arab Contractors defense managed to divert it.

The Contractors first real chance came in the 32nd minute, when Hossam Abdel-Aal blasted a strong shot that Ekramy was able to save.

Soon after, Ebimobowei missed an opportunity to give Al Ahly the lead following a cross from Momen Zakaria, as his header went just beside the left post of Mahmoud Abo El-Sououd.

In the 39th minute, Mohamed Hany came on as a substitute for left-back Hussein El-Sayed who picked up an injury during the game.

Al Ahly tried to translate their dominance on the field through several shots from Abdallah El-Said and Mohamed Rizk, however, they failed to cause any real threat on the Contractor’s post leading the first half to end in a draw.

Second Half

At the beginning of the second half, Walid Soliman came on as a substitute to Peter Ebimobowei.

The second half started with pressure from Arab Contractors across the midfield where they managed to build several attacks on Al Ahly, yet they failed to cause any real threat to Ekramy’s post.

Garrido had his third substitution too early as he brought on Salaheldin Said instead of Mohamed Rizk in the 63rd minute.

Ahly’s most dangerous chance in the game came in the 68th minute, when Walid Soliman failed to follow up properly on a cross from Momen Zakaria.

Soon after, Sherif Ekramy saved Al Ahly from a goal in the 74th minute, when he managed to save a close shot from Papa Arko.

In the 80th minute, Hassan Shehata’s men managed to take the lead as Mohamed Salem converted a pass from Papa Arko into Ekramy’s post.

Al Ahly increased its pressure in the remaining minutes in an attempt to equalize, however, with no luck. The Red Devils were awarded a free kick close to the 18-yard box in the 5th minute of injury time but failed to direct it inside the post.

Al Ahly defeated Arab Contractors 1-0 in the 8th round of the Egyptian Premier League. After today’s game, Arab Contractors moves to the 5th place while Al Ahly remains 3rd in the Egyptian Premier League overall standings.

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