VIDEO: 10-man Al Ahly thrash bottom-placed El-Hodood
The victory cemented Al Ahly’s position at the top of the league on 59 points, 11 clear of second-placed Zamalek. El-Hodood however remain at the bottom of the standings after collecting nine points only.
Al Ahly XI:Sherif Ekramy; Saad Samir, Hussein El-Sayed, Ahmed Fathi, Rami Rabia; Amr El-Sulaya, Hossam Ghaly, Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria; Malick Evouna.
Haras El-Hodood XI: Ahmed Saad; Mohamed Gabr, Islam Ramadan, Mahmoud Mubarak, Ali El-Feel; Ahmed Salem, Ahmed Ramadan, Abdel-Salam Nagah, Mostafa Gamal, Mohamed Abdallah; Ahmed Abdel-Qader.
Al Ahly dominated the possession in the early stages of the game, but failed to pose a real threat on El-Hodood, who have the worst defensive record this season after conceding a total of 39 goals in 25 matches.
It took 18 minutes for El-Hodood to get their first chance, but Abdel-Salam Nagah’s shot went wide of Ekramy’s post.
Al Ahly came close to open the scoring in the 35th minute, when Ahmed Fathi fired a low cross into El-Hodood’s penalty area, but it failed to find Evouna, to be diverted into a corner by El-Hodood defense.
Rock-bottom El-Hodood managed to withstand the attacks of Al Ahly for 38 minutes only. The military-owned club conceded, as Ramy Rabia scored his third goal this season, by heading Abdallah El-Said’s corner into the bottom left corner of the net.
Seven minutes into the second half, Momen Zakaria doubled his side’s lead. Walid Soliman dribbled past El-Hodood defender and crossed the ball to the other side, for Momen to score with a diving header.
Right after Momen’s goal, Al Ahly were close to add a third as Walid passed the ball to Evouna inside the penalty area, but the Gabonese striker failed to convert it into the net.
As Al Ahly appeared to have taken full control of the game, their skipper Hossam Ghaly was shown the red card after he committed a foul against Hodood striker, denying him a goal-scoring opportunity.
Ekramy then made a superb save to deny El-Hodood from pulling one back through a free-kick at the edge of the box.
Right after Ghaly was sent off in the 60th minute, Al Ahly manager Martin Jol brought on defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour to replace Abdallah El-Said.
Despite playing with 10-men, Al Ahly managed to add a third goal. Zakaria completed his brace after receiving a pass from Evouna to fire it into the top right corner of the net.
Ten minutes to full time, Saad Samir added his name to the score sheet as he scored Al Ahly’s fourth goal after a howler from El-Hodood keeper.
Emad Meteb was Jol’s third substitution as he came on to replace Evouna in the dying minutes of the game, few minutes after Ahmed El-Sheikh replaced Walid Soliman.
El-Hodood had a number of attempts in the remaining minutes, yet they failed to reduce the deficit as the game ended 4-0 in favour of Al Ahly.