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Egyptian champions Ahly set point record with 2-0 win in season finale

Ahram Online , Monday 21 May 2018
Ahly beat Masry 2-0 in the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday (Ahram)
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Egyptian champions Ahly, playing with a second-string side in their first match following coach Hossam El-Badry's resignation, set a single-season points record with a 2-0 win over Masry on the final day of the season on Sunday.

Young playmaker Ahmed Hamdi opened the scoring after 18 minutes with a close-range finish after a neat combination with forward Salah Mohsen.

Mohsen, who became the most expensive signing in the history of Egyptian football when he joined Ahly from Enppi last January for a reported fee of EGP 37.5 million, turned from provider to scorer to wrap up the win with 15 minutes remaining.

He superbly controlled a pinpoint long ball from Amr El-Sulaya to outpace his challenger and break clear, slotting home with aplomb past the advancing keeper.

Ahly finished on top with a record point tally of 88 points, beating the previous record set by arch-rivals Zamalek in the 2014/15 season when they collected 87 points.

The Red Devils turned on the style despite playing without several of their key players as caretaker coach Ahmed Ayoub opted to field an experimental side.

They put Masry on the back foot for the majority of the game, with their swift exchange of passes unsettling the third-placed side.

Ahly wrapped up a third straight title, their 40th overall, with six matches to spare in March.

However, some poor results towards the end of the season saw them exit the Egypt Cup and make a disappointing start to their African Champions League group-stage campaign, collecting a solitary point in their opening two matches.

The recent poor run prompted El-Badry to abruptly step down last week after leading the club to two league titles and an Egypt Cup triumph in his third stint with the Cairo giants. 

Ahly are in talks with a number of foreign coaches to take over in the summer, with Argentinean Ramon Diaz tipped as a frontrunner.

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