Toothless Ahly drop another two points after Smouha draw

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Nov 2023

A toothless Ahly side missed out on the chance to top the league table after being held to a goalless draw by Smouha at home on Tuesday.



Despite starting the season with four successive wins, Ahly's winning streak came to a halt earlier this month when they drew 1-1 against Gouna just before the international break.

They failed to recover from the draw against Gouna and dropped another two points by being held to a draw by Smouha at Arab Contractors stadium in Cairo.

The defending champions, who still have a match in hand, currently sit in second place in the league table with 14 points.

They are two points behind Pyramids FC, who defeated Ismaily 2-1 earlier on the same day.

Missing the contributions of several key offensive players, Ahly struggled to pose a significant threat to Smouha's well-organized defense,

Despite dominating possession, they failed to create any clear chances during the first half.

Their only notable opportunity during the game came three minutes into the second half when striker Salah Mohsen's close-range effort was denied by Smouha goalkeeper El-Hani Soliman.

In an attempt to change the game, Ahly's coach introduced talented winger Ahmed Abdel-Qader and youth striker Mohamed Zaalook, replacing Mohamed 'Afsha' Magdi and Karim Fouad.

However, the duo failed to make a significant impact.

On the other hand, Smouha seemed content with holding Ahly and effectively contained their shy attempts, ultimately earning a share of the points with the Cairo giants.

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