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VIDEO: Al Ahly edge closer to group stage with draw in Tanzania

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Photo: Al Ahly official website

Al Ahly settled for a 1-1 draw against Tanzania’s Young Africans in the first leg of the round of 16 on Saturday.

An early goal from Amr Gamal gave Al Ahly the lead before the Red Devils defender Ahmed Hegazy scored an own goal as the away leg ended 1-1.

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

The opening 10 minutes were quite with no real opportunity for both sides. However, in the 11th minute, Amr Gamal opened the scoring as he headed the ball in the net after a great cross from Abdallah El-Said to Momen Zakaria who set the 24-year-old striker up.

It took the Tanzanian side only eight minutes to equalise, as Ahmed Hegazy turned the ball into his own net after a low cross from the left side leaving Sherif Ekramy stranded.

Few minutes after Hegazy’s goal, the Red Devils tried to regain their lead as goalscorer Amr Gamal tried his luck but he missed a number of scoring chances.

Momen Zakaria was close to score Al Ahly’s second goal in the 27th minute, but his shot missed the target by few inches.

Al Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy was booked for time wasting in the dying minutes of the first half, which ended 1-1.

Martin Jol’s men started the second half real quick as the first minute saw Momen Zakaria shot hit the woodwork. The hosts relied on counterattacks but Al Ahly defense were able to clear their attempts.

Walid Soliman replaced Ramadan Sobhy, before Hossam Ashour came on instead of Al Ahly captain Hossam Ghaly in the 74th minute.

Ten minutes to full time, Jol made his third substitution as Momen Zakaria made way for Gabonese striker Malick Evouna who went in to support Amr Gamal upfront.

The Ivorian referee added four minutes of stoppage time, but they weren’t enough for either side to snatch a winning goal.

The Cairo giants, who went through to the round of 16 after beating Recreativo of Angola 2-0 on aggregate, will face the Tanzanian side in 10 days in Egypt.

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