Al Ettifaq defeat Al Fateh in battle of the Egyptians
Ahmed El Sheikh scored the winning goal as El Sayed and himself won the battle of the Egyptians in their Saudi league game against Al Fateh, despite Abdel Shafy assisting the opening goal for the away side.
Al Ettifaq XI: M’Bohli; Al Khayri, Al Hbeab, Khalaf, Sayed; Al Kuwaykibi, Kiss, Al Ghamdi, Abdi; El Sheikh, Al Suairi.
Al Fateh XI: Al Mazyadei; Majrashi, Sharahili, Al Harbi, Abdel Shafy; Al Majhad, Manoel, Chenihi, Kader, Al Zaqan, Dos Santos.
Al Fateh took a very early lead as Egypt international Abdel Shafy found Kader with an accurate cross who broke the deadlock after just five minutes as his slightly mishit volley beat Algeria’s World Cup hero Rais M’Bohli.
However, Al Fateh could not take their lead into the half time interval thanks to Somali-Norwegian winger Liban Abdi who curled the ball into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box .
Just before half time, Al Fateh were forced into a change in defence as Sharahili was replaced by Al Dawsari, and Al Ettifaq capitalised on this as former Al Ahly and Misr El-Makkasa forward, as well as KingFut’s 2016-17 Egyptian Premier League player of the season, gave his side the lead as he found space in the six yard box to header home from close range.
Although Al Ettifaq received some bookings in the final stages, including one for Tunisia international Fakhreddine Ben Youssef a minute after coming on for his debut, they were able to show more resolve than their counterparts to hold on to pick up a much needed win.
The win means that Al Ettifaq are now four points clear of the relegation zone, however they may be overtaken by Al Quadisiya if they win their game in hand. Al Fateh remain in 9th, although they have played a game more than the majority of the league.
Both teams play at home next week, as Al Fateh host Al Shabab while Al Ettifaq take on Al Feiha.
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