VIDEO: Sobhy strikes late to see Al Ahly sink Ittihad of Alexandria
Al Ahly defeated Ittihad Alexandria 1-0 in the postponed 22nd round of the Egyptian Premier League on Thursday following a late goal by Ramadan Sobhy.
After last week’s 1-0 loss to Haras El-Hodood, Al Ahly manager Fathi Mabrouk conceded the title and insisted the team will now fight with ENPPI for second position.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy, Sabry Rahil, Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Bassem Ali, Mohamed Rizk, Hossam Ashour, Ramadan Sobhy, Abdallah El-Said, Emad Meteb, Peter Ebimobowei.
Ittihad of Alexandria XI: Ali Farag, Mohamed Samir, Abdel-Rahman Farouk, Hani Said, Ramzi Khaled, Hossam Hassan, Mohamed Adel, Eslam Saleh, Amr Warda, Mohamed Hamdi, Akram Abd-Rabo
The first half was a dull affair, with perhaps the most interesting moment being Brazilian-German midfielder Hendrick Helmke making his Ahly debut in the 13th minute, following an injury to Hossam Ashour.
Al Ahly had the brunt of possession through the first half and had the most promising attacks, but the half ended without any clear cut chances on goal for either team.
Al Ahly started the second half as a mirror of the first, by controlling possession without any real threat on Ali Farag. On 68 minutes, Fathi Mabrouk sent Walid Soliman on for Peter Ebimobowei, but Soliman only lasted nine minutes on the pitch before receiving a straight red following a late tackle on an Ittihad midfielder.
In the 85 minute, Ethiopia star Saladin Said replaced Emad Meteb as the Red Devils continued their attempt to earn three points to close the gap between them and ENPPI. Their attempts paid off when Ramadan Sobhy slotted the ball home in the 93rd minute, following a scramble in the box after Sabri Rahil’s free-kick hit the crossbar.
GOOOOALLL!!! RAMADAN SOBHY IN THE 93rd minute!! https://t.co/nm08T8EzNJ
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) May 28, 2015
Al Ahly held off for the final 3 minutes of stoppage time to secure a 1-0 win and close the gap between them and ENPPI to two points, with two games in hand.