VIDEO: Al Ahly beat Dakhleya to reach Egypt Cup quarters
Al Ahly advanced to Egypt Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory over Dakhleya in the round of 16 at Petrosport Stadium on Wednesday.
Al Ahly XI: El-Shennawy, Fathi, Saad, Naguib, Maloul, Ashour, Ghaly, Walid, Saleh, Ajayi, Gamal
Dakhleya XI: Fathi, Saber, Gneidy, Samir Farag, Kamal, Ryan, Sanbory, Moussa, Mahmoud Fathi, Ibrahim, Hamdy.
Al Ahly managed to take control of the game from an early stage but failed to cause any threat on Dakhleya’s goal during the first 15 minutes.
The Red Devils’ first chance came after 16 minutes, when Hossam Ghaly converted Saleh Gomaa’s freekick but his shot was saved by Dakhleya goalkeeper Mohamed Fathi.
Five minutes later, Amr Gamal was on the verge of breaking the deadlock when he went clear towards the penalty area but his shot hit the left post.
The 25-year-old striker made up for the missed chance as he tapped in Junior Ajayi’s low cross into the empty net to put Al Ahly into the lead after 33 minutes.
In the 38th minute, Ajayi went close to doubling Al Ahly’s lead but his shot went above the bar.
The remaining minutes of the first half went quiet, as Al Ahly took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room.
Five minutes into the second half, Al Ahly skipper Hossam Ghaly doubled his side’s lead with a finish from the edge of the penalty area after receiving a pass from Gamal.
Thirteen minutes later, Dakhleya were awarded a penalty. Ahmed Samir Farag stepped up but was denied by El-Shennawy before he scored from the rebound to pull one back for his side.
Ahmed Hamoudi made his first appearance since joining the Red Castle last January, replacing Walid Soliman after 63 minutes, before Saleh Gomaa made way for Amr El-Sulaya in the 72nd minute.
Hamoudi had his first impact of the game in the 77th minute when he tried a shot from the edge of the box but his shot was cleared by Mohamed Fathi before Gamal converted the ball into the net but it was ruled out for offside.
Gamal had a glorious chance to secure the victory for his side in the 82nd minute but his effort from close range went over the bar.
In the first minute of the additional time, Al Ahly were awarded a penalty kick, but El-Sulaya’s shot was saved by the keeper.
Ivorian striker Souleymane Coulibaly made his debut for the Red Devils replacing Ajayi two minutes before the referee blew the final whistle, as Al Ahly advanced to face Wadi Degla in the quarter-finals.