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Ahly rout Ittihad to claim eighth straight league win

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Feb 2018
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Ahly made it eight wins in a row after convincingly seeing off Alexandria's Ittihad 3-0 in the Egyptian league at Borg El-Arab Stadium on Sunday.

A first-half goal from Moroccan striker Walid Azaro in the 39th minute was followed by another two after the break from Abdallah El-Said and Junior Ajayi in 78 and 81 minutes respectively.

The win cemented defending champions Ahly's position on the top of the table with 54 points, nine clear of second-placed Ismaily.

The Alexandrians started the game well, and could have come close when striker Emmanuel Banahene received the ball inside the area before making a good turn and striking towards goal but his effort eventually went out for corner.

Ten minutes later, Egypt and Ahly playmaker El-Said saw a free-kick from the left blocked by Ittihad keeper El-Hani Soliman in what was the visitors' first real threat of the game.

The breakthrough eventually came five minutes from half-time when midfielder Ahmed Fathi played a through ball towards the running-in-behind Azaro –  who chested the ball before taking a touch and beating the keeper at the near post.

The second half seemed an eventless affair early after the break, and it took Ahly more than 30 minutes to add a second goal – which did indeed come this time from El-Said.

The major highlight of the goal was Ajayi, who played a superb back-heel pass towards the onrushing El-Said into the area who found the net at the near post.

Ajayi then turned from provider to scorer just three minutes later, with a role reversal this time seeing El-Said tee up the Nigerian international who beat the keeper from inside the area to complete the rout.

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