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Al Ahly held to goalless draw by Tala’a El-Gaish


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After defeating Zamalek 2-0 in the Cairo derby on Tuesday, Al Ahly failed to keep the momentum going and drew with Tala’a El-Gaish.

The Red Devils were held to a goalless draw by El-Gaish in the 18th round of the Egyptian Premier League.

Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Sabry Rahil, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Hany; Hossam Ghaly, Amr El-Sulaya, Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhy, Momen Zakaria; Malick Evouna.

Tala’a El-Gaish: Emad El-Sayed, Abdelaziz Tawfik, Ahmed Ouka, Mahmoud Hamdy, Assem Salah, Mohamed Rizk, Alaa Ali, Mohamed Ashraf, Islam Kamal, Motamed Hassan, Hervé Oussalé.

Following their victory last week against archrivals Zamalek, the Red Devils kicked off Saturday’s game with a very high tempo pushing on to score a goal from the early minutes.

In the seventh minute, Abdallah El-Said set up Momen Zakaria inside the box, but El-Gaish keeper Emad El-Sayed parried away his powerful shot to a corner kick.

Almost 10 minutes later, Rami Rabia’s accurate cross from the right flank reached Hossam Ghaly. The header of Al Ahly captain hit the post after El-Sayed deflected the ball with the tips of his fingers.

Twenty-four minutes into the game, Al Ahly loanee Mohamed Rizk put in a throw pass for Hervé Oussalé who sprinted past Ahly defenders for his shot to be saved by Al Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy.

Five minutes after the half-hour mark, Momen Zakaria’s throw pass reached Abdallah El-Said inside the box. The 30-year-old midfielder set it up for himself and curled it with his left foot, but El-Sayed saved his shot again.

In the last minute of the first half, El Sayed’s heroics saved his team from a goal as the keeper jumped to save El-Said’s powerful shot from outside the box.

Six minutes into the second half, El Said’s cross from a free-kick almost 35 yards away reached Ahmed Hegazy. Al Ahly defender poorly directed his header, which made it an easy save for El-Sayed.

At the one-hour mark, another shot for El-Said was blocked. Hossam Ghaly claimed the loose high ball, but his weak header went by the post.

Al Ahly kept pressure for the rest of the game, dominating in position and shots but failed to convert their chances into goals. El-Gaish depended solely on counter attacks in hopes of scoring a winner.

Al Ahly remain on top of league table with 39 points, while El-Gaish occupy the 13th position 21 points.

The Red Devils are set to face Ghazl El-Mahalla, while El-Gaish will play against Wadi Degla in the next round of the league.

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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