VIDEO: Al Ahly smash Telephonat Beni Suef to advance to Egypt Cup last 16
After losing the 2017 CAF Champions League title to Wydad Casablanca last week, the Red Devils returned to domestic action as they defeated Telephonat Beni Suef in the round of 32 of Egypt Cup at Petrosport Stadium on Friday night.
Al Ahly are set to face Dakhleya in the round of 16 next month as they continue their journey to defend their title.
After a quiet start to the first half, Al Ahly were awarded a penalty in the 12th minute following a foul on Morocco’s Walid Azaro inside the box, however, Telephonat’s keeper Mostafa Hassan denied Ahmed Hamoudi from breaking the deadlock.
Five minutes later, Nigerian striker Junior Ajayi had a chance to give Al Ahly the lead after meeting Bassem Ali’s low cross with a curling shot but it went over the bar.
Al Ahly’s domination paid off in the 20th minute as Hesham Mohamed put his side in front. Following an exchange of passes between the former Misr El-Maqassa player and Hamoudi, the latter sent the ball over the keeper but it hit the post before Mohamed sent the rebound into the net.
The 2016/17 champions needed just three more minutes to double their lead as Amr El-Sulaya scored following a low cross from Hussein El-Sayed.
Six minutes before the break, Al Ahly were awarded a second penalty after Azaro was fouled again inside the box by Telephonat’s goalkeeper. Hamoudi stepped up but the former Smouha and FC Basel winger failed to score from the spot again, sending the ball over the bar.
Al Ahly, however, managed to end the first half with a three-goal lead. Bassem Ali’s cross into the six-yard box found Hamoudi, who passed the ball to Azaro and the latter converted easily into the net.
Al Ahly made their first substitution during half time, as Emad Meteb came on to replace Azaro.
Two minutes into the second half, Al Ahly were on the verge of adding a fourth goal through El-Sayed whose powerful strike inside the penalty area hit the bar.
In the 55th minute, Al Ahly got a third penalty following a foul on Hamoudi, who left it this time for Meteb and the veteran striker made no mistake from the spot.
Al Ahly youngster Ahmed Hamdi made it 5-0 eight minutes from time, as he scored from a powerful strike following an assist from Meteb.
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