Young forward helps Ahly return to winning ways with 3-0 victory

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Aug 2022

Young forward Ahmed Sayed Gharib marked his Egyptian Premier League debut with a brace to propel a new-look Ahly side to a 3-0 victory away to Ittihad on Sunday as they returned to winning ways following two straight draws.

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Ahmed Sayed Gharib, 20, celebrates one of his two goals against Ittihad (Photo: Ahram)

 

With coach Ricardo Soares introducing three new faces in his starting line-up as the club experiment with some youth players, Ahly looked much livelier than in recent games.

Gharib's two goals either side of the interval and a superb curler from fellow youngster Zeyad Tarek, who has more first-team experience, gave Ahly an easy victory in Alexandria.

Ittihad played more than 20 minutes with ten men after Ghanaian midfielder Salifu Moro was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second half. 

Soares is expected to stick to the policy of introducing youngsters in the remaining six games of the season as Ahly virtually lost hopes of competing for the league title.

The Red Devils sit third in the table with 59 points, 10 behind leaders Zamalek, who played a game more. With only five rounds remaining, Zamalek are in pole position to retain their crown.

Ittihad lie 13th in the 18-team table with 33 points, six clear of the relegation zone.

Gharib had two early efforts, including one that forced a fine save from 45-year-old keeper Mohamed Abdel-Monsef, before giving Ahly a deserved lead in the 35th minute.

Aliou Dieng's threaded pass released wing-back Karim Fouad, whose dinked effort went over Abdel-Monsef and was helped over the line by the 20-year-old Gharib.

Tarek doubled their lead two minutes before the break in superb fashion, skipping past a couple of challengers and curling a delightful effort in the far corner from inside the area.

Any hopes Ittihad had of staging a comeback were dashed just two minutes into the second period when Gharib was found totally unmarked by a deep long ball from fellow youngster Mohamed Ashraf to powerfully head home.

Ittihad's solitary goal-scoring chance fell to Ghanaian striker Benjamin Boateng, who broke clear following a chipped pass but hit a poor low shot wide of the post.

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