Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry expressed joy over the 1-0 win over Ismaily in the Egyptian Premier League on Tuesday, thanking players for committing to his tactics.
"Winning against Ismaily is very important in the title race. Now Ahly solely lead the table with a satisfying gap between their competitors," the 57-year-old coach expressed after the game.
The title holders Ahly took a step closer to their 40th league trophy, leading the table with 51 points, nine more than chasers Ismaily -- and they still have a game in hand.
"I thank the players for their commitment and determination. They were able to change tactics more than once during the game to win and clinch the three points," El-Badry added.
After a full 90 minutes of Ahly domination and missing chances, substitute Walid Soliman ended Ismaily's resistance with a diving header one minute into stoppage time to give Ahly their 66th win in the 110 league games with Ismaily.
"Ahly lost a series of opportunities and Ismaily played a very good game and were able to confront Ahly with a tight defending. Their goalkeeper Mohamed Awad performed perfectly but Ahly's enthusiasm decided the results," El-Badry concluded.
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