VIDEO: Al Ahly claim big win over El-Gaish
Al Ahly claimed a 4-0 win over Tala’a El-Gaish in the 29th round of the Egyptian Premier League in their fight to close the gap between them and Zamalek, the league leaders.
This is the second win in a row for the Red Devils under the leadership of their new manager Fathi Mabrouk, who came after the sacking of Juan Carlos Garrido because of a string of disappointing results.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Sherif Hazem, Sabry Rahil; Mohamed Rizk, Hossam Ghaly, Trezeguet, Abdallah El-Said; Momen Zakaria, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.
Tala’a El-Gaish XI: Mohamed Bassam; Osama Ragab, Abdel-Aziz Tawfik, Raed Mansy, Mohamed Hashem, Mahmoud Fathallah, Mohamed Sherif, Said Kamal, Moataz Eno,Oussou Konan, Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe ‘Dodji’.
The match was a pretty open one in the first-half, with Al Ahly forcing their control over the game. In the 5th minute, Abdallah El-Said notched an early goal to put Al Ahly in the lead. El-Said received a pass from Momen Zakaria, went one-on-one against the goalkeeper and converted it into the net.
In the 12th minute, El-Gaish lost a chance to equalize after they sent a strong shot towards Ekramy who failed to keep hold of the ball, only for Sherif Hazem to clear it off the goal line.
Al Ahly response came quickly with Momen Zakaria going one-to-one against El-Gaish’s goalkeeper Mohamed Bassam; yet, his shot went just beside the left post.
The Red Devils’ pressure was translated into a second goal scored by Trezegeut in the 21st minute, following a tactical play between him and Sabry Rahil.
Tala’a El-Gaish manager Talaat Youssef tried to regain control over the match by ordering an early substitution, as he brought Mohamed El-Hanafy on instead of Raed Mansy.
The game continued without any real threat on any of the two posts, leading the first half to end 2-0 for Al Ahly.
The second half kicked off slower with most of the passes concentrated across the midfield. Tala’a El-Gaish tried to pressure on Al Ahly’s midfield hoping to score their first goal, but Al Ahly’s defense were able to divert the attacks early preventing them from causing any threat to Ekramy’s post.
In the 65th minute, Al Ahly were awarded a penalty after Abdel-Zaher was obstructed on his way to the post. Trezegeut stepped up to take the penalty but he missed it as his shot hit the bar.
Fathi Mabrouk made his first substitution in the 67th minute, as he brought on Emad Meteb instead of Ahmed Abdel-Zaher. Soon after, Ramadan Sobhy came on instead of Abdallah El-Said.
In the 78th minute, Emad Meteb latched a strong shot, however, Bassam was able to save El-Gaish’s post from a third goal as he diverted it into a corner.
Osama Ragab was sent off the pitch with a red card after he obstructed Momen Zakaria as he was facing the post. Al Ahly were awarded a free kick that Meteb converted into Bassam’s post, announcing Al Ahly’s third goal in the game.
Gedo who appeared in the team’s squad for the first time since he recovered from injury scored his team’s fourth goal in the 87th minute, few minutes after he came on instead of Momen Zakaria. He went one-on-one against Bassam and sent it inside the post.
Ahly currently sit in the 3rd place in the Egyptian premier League overall standings. The Red Devils need Zamalek to lose points in their next matches in hopes of decreasing the 11-point gap.