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VIDEO: Evouna earns Al Ahly hard-fought 2-2 tie versus Al Masry

Al Ahly vs Al Masry

Goals by Ahly’s Momen Zakaria and Malick Evouna cancelled out goals by Masry’s Ahmed Yasser and Sayed Mourad as Ahly and Masry played out a 2-2 draw in Borg El Arab Stadium.

Starting XIs:

Al Masry: Ramzi Saleh; Osama Azab, Wilson Akakpo, Mohamed Magdi, Ahmed Mansour; Sayed Mourad, Ahmed ‘Kaboria’, Sayed Abdel-Aal, Mohamed Osama; Ahmed Yasser, Ahmed Raouf.

Al Ahly: Ahmed Adel; Mohamed Hani, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabri Rahil; Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour, Ramadan Sobhi, Saleh Gomaa, Moemen Zakareya; Malick Evouna

In a postponed match from Gameweek Seven of the Egyptian Premier League, leaders Al Ahly played 4th-placed and rivals Al Masry in Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Stadium.

First half:

Al Masry took advantage of the first real chance of the match, as a delightful Sayed Mourad run culminated in Ahmed Yasser finding space behind an out-of-position Ahly defense. He calmly slotted a cross home to give Al Masry a 1-0 lead after ten minutes.

Up until that point, the Red Devils never threatened the Port Said club. After going down by a goal, Al Ahly began to push forward and pressure the Masry backline and goalkeeper. Ramadan Sobhy and Momen Zakaria were the main attackers providing impetus to the Red Devils’ push.

In the 25th minute, Al Ahly’s efforts were rewarded. Ahmed Fathi was fouled on the edge of the box, and Momen Zakaria beautifully slotted the ball home from the ensuing free kick to bring the game to a deadlock once again.

Five minutes later, the Red Devils could have taken the lead. Ramadan Sobhy completed a mazy run on the right before driving in a low cross into the Masry six-yard box, but Osama Azab and Mohamed Magdi did just enough to clear the ball. Evouna had a glorious chance to put Al Ahly ahead on the stroke of half time, but he was unable to control a Sabri Rahil cross, and the ball sailed across the box with no other Ahly player in sight.

The teams went into the tunnel deadlocked at 1-1.

Second half:

In the 57th minute, Masry earned their lead back. Al Ahly goalkeeper Ahmed Adel clumsily brought down Ahmed Yasser just inside the penalty box. The referee signaled for a penalty, and Mohamed Magdi made no mistake from the spot to give Masry the 2-1 lead.

Al Ahly interim manager Zizo made two substitutions in the 59th minute, bringing Hossam Ghaly on for Saleh Gomaa and Abdallah El-Said for Mohamed Hany. Ahmed Fathi slotted into right back, while Ghaly took Fathi’s position in defensive midfield, with El-Said playing centre-midfield.

Ahmed Adel made two stunning saves in the 60th minute to keep Al Ahly within reach. The rest of the half saw Masry sit back and try to defend their lead as the Red Devils pushed forward for another equalizer.

In the 70th minute, Evouna lost another chance to add his name to the scoresheet. Sabri Rahil impressively worked his way into the box and sent a low cross into the Gabonese striker, but he was unable to connect solidly. One minute later, Abdallah El-Said hit the crossbar from a header following a corner.

Ten minutes later, Al Ahly got their equalizer. The extremely impressive Ramadan Sobhy danced his way into the box and sent a pinpoint cross to an unmarked Evouna, whose one-timed effort found the bottom of the net.

In the 86th minute, Zizo replaced the goalscorer Evouna with Amr Gamal. The Egyptian striker almost won the game in the second minute of stoppage time, but his glancing header was just wide of the post. In the last kick of the game, Masry cleared a shot off the line, to secure their well-earned draw.

Ahly defender Rami Rabia is suspended for their next match versus Petrojet, as a result of the yellow card he received today.

The draw keeps Al Ahly atop of the Egyptian Premier League standing, with 41 points from 19 matches, while Al Masry also retain their fourth position, with 33 points from 19 matches, tied on points with Misr El-Maqassa, but trailing on goal difference.

Mohaned Ghanem, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Avid supporter of all things Egypt, especially Al Ahly. Gooner.

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