Abdel-Shafy assists to help Al Ahli advance in Arab championship
Abdel-Shafy entered the game from the start. Al Ahli coach Jorge Fossati opted to choose the majority of his starting players for the tie despite obtaining a positive first leg 2-2 draw in UAE.
The game witnessed a cautious start from both sides in the first 10 minutes and in the 10th minute came the first real chance of the encounter after Al Wasl’s Ali Salmeen fired a shot that went inches wide.
At the 21st minute, Al Ahli’s Nicolae Stanciu received a ball on the right side and sent a cross that found Salman Al-Moasher whose header missed the target by little.
With a great solo effort in the 39th minute, Ali Salem managed to open the score for Al Wasl made a great run towards Al Ahli’s box before dribbling past his defender and smashing the ball into the back of the net for the first half to end with the Emirati side’s lead.
Paulo Diaz grabbed an equaliser for Al Ahli in the 52nd minute with a glancing header taking advantage of Abdel-Shafy’s perfect cross. Salman Al-Moashar added the second for the hosts in the additional time after dribbling Al Wasl goalkeeper and scoring in the open net to ensure Al Ahli are through.
The Green & Whites will be facing rivals Al Hilal in the semifinal of the Zayed Club Champions Cup.
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