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Wadi Degla end Al Ahly’s undefeated streak

Junior Mapuku

Wadi Degla defeated Al Ahly 1-0 in the dying minutes of the match in the 27th round of the Egyptian Premier League at Borg El Arab stadium.

Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Rami Rabiaa, Sabri Rahil; Amr El-Sulaya, Hossam Ashour; Ramadan Sobhy, Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria; Malick Evouna.

Wadi Degla: Essam El Hadary; Ahmed El Esh, Ragab Nabil, El Sayed Salem; Mostafa Talaat, Mohamed Sherif, Hossam Arafaat, Mostafa Galal, Flourent Malouda; Dodo El Gabbas, Mohamed Helal.

Starting with high pace and creating early chances, Al Ahly wanted to extend their winning streak to seven matches and continue their undefeated streak in 2016.

Al Ahly came close from scoring the first goal in the second minute of the game as Momen Zakaria failed to capitalize on Essam El Hadary’s mistake.

Essam El Hadray amended his early mistake by saving a certain goal. Ramadan Sobhy had went one-on-one with El Hadary on a dangerous counter attack for the red devils but the 43-year old goalkeeper saved his team from a certain goal.

Al Ahly was in control of most of the first half, putting pressure on Wadi Degla’s defense. After a series of consecutive shots, El Hadary parried away Momen Zakaria’s powerful shot from inside the box in what could’ve been Al Ahly’s best chance in the game so far.

It took Al Ahly two minutes into the second half to pose a real threat on El Hadary as Mostafa Talaat cleared Rami Rabiaa’s header off the goal line.

Abdallah El Said came close to scoring in the 50th minute as his powerful shot from outside the box went just wide, after hitting a Wadi Degla defender.

There weren’t many chances in the reminder of the match until Wadi Degla’s substitute Junior Mapuku scored in the 95th minute of the game.

Junior capitalized on Rabiaa’s mistake and went through on goal for Ekramy to fail to save his shot and end Al Ahly’s undefeated streak.

A streak ended and another one continues as Essam El Hadary has never lost against Al Ahly since leaving the club. This win boosted Wadi Degla from eighth to fourth, while Al Ahly still lead the standings with an eight-point difference between themselves and second-placed Zamalek.

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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