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Abdel-Shafy features as Al Ahli edge Al Raed

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Egypt international Mohamed Abdel-Shafy played the full 90 minutes as Al Ahli earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Al Raed in gameweek 12 of the Saudi Professional League on Friday.

Both sides wasted a number of chances in the first half as they failed to break the deadlock at half time.

The game seemed to be headed for a draw before Al Ahli’s Abdulfattah Asiri scored the only goal of the game in the 81st minute. Ioannis Fetfatzidis’ pass inside the box found Asiri who slotted home to grab a late winner.

Al Ahli missed a chance to double their lead when striker Omar Al Somah wasted a penalty kick in the fourth minute of added time.

Al Ahli sit third in the league standings, level on points with second-placed Al Nassr, and five points away of leaders Al Hilal. Al Raed remained on 13 points in the eighth place.

Up next for Al Ahli is an away game on Dec.17 against Al-Taawon, who sit seventh.

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