Martin Jol’s men bounce back from defeat with Aswan win
After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Wadi Degla in the previous week, Al Ahly’s players sought a win to keep Zamalek from decreasing the point gap.
Both teams went into the game with an attacking frame of mind. One minute into the game, Aswan almost turned the tables when they hit the Sherif Ekramy’s post. Two minutes later, Abdullah El-Said sent a cross into the box toward Ramadan Sobhy but he sent the ball wide.
Al Ahly’s chances began to pour on Amir Adel’s goal, but without any success in changing the scoreline. In the 26th minute, Ramadan Sobhy found Evouna, who crossed the ball to Momen Zakaria, but his header went wide.
Moments later, El-Said sent a powerful shot to the bottom corner, but Amir Adel saved it. Al Ahly’s players kept pushing forward, but without any successful chances.
In the 40th minute, Al Ahly finally broke the stalemate through Ramy Rabia after Ahmed Fathi sent in an accurate ball into the box from the corner.
One minute later, Fathi registered his second assist of the night with a low cross that found Evouna, who put the ball into the net with his first touch. With that goal, Evouna ended a 50-day goal drought in all competitions.
In the second minute of stoppage time, El-Said secured all three points with a deflected goal that was his 11th in the Egyptian Premier League this season. The first half ended 3-0 in favor of Al Ahly.
The same scenario of the first half was played out in the second half with Al Ahly pushing forward and pressuring Aswan’s players into their side. Martin Jol made a substitution with Mohamed Naguib replacing Ahmed Hegazy. Then, John Antwi was subbed on for Malick Evouna.
In the 71st minute, Ramadan Sobhy beat his defender and played the ball to Momen Zakharia who scored the fourth goal of the night, and his 11th in the EPL to join El-Said as Al Ahly’s top scorers. Al Ahly kept threatening Aswan’s goal through Antwi and El-Said, but none were successful. The last substitution saw El-Said make way for Emad Meteb.
With this win, Al Ahly reached 62 points at the top of the league table, with Zamalek in second place with 54 points.
Watch the game’s goals below:
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