Ahly's winning run halted by 10-man Future after late drama

Ahram Online , Friday 16 Dec 2022

Ahly conceded a late equaliser and wasted a stoppage-time penalty as their winning start to the Egyptian Premier League season came to a halt following a 1-1 draw with 10-man Future FC on Friday.

Ahly v Future FC

 

The Cairo giants looked to be cruising when Future's Omar Kamal was sent off midway through the first half before they went ahead via a strike from winger Hussein El-Shahat in the 32nd minute.

However, they were made to pay for taking their foot off the gas pedal in the second half, allowing Future to snatch an unlikely equaliser when Moroccan winger Abdelkabir El Ouadi stabbed the ball home from close range following a defensive lapse 11 minutes from time.

Ahly still had a chance to maintain their perfect start to the season when they were awarded a stoppage-time penalty but playmaker Magdi Afsha, who surprisingly stepped up instead of spot-kick specialist Ali Maaloul, blasted his effort against the bar.

The Red Devils, who kicked off their campaign with six straight wins, are still on top of the table with 19 points but their lead over second-placed and defending champions Zamalek was trimmed to two points.

Future, who made a fine start to the season, lie fourth with 15 points.

Red card

Egyptian international wing-back Kamal received a red card following a VAR review after a reckless two-footed lunge on Ahly defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim on 21 minutes. The referee initially handed him a yellow card before upgrading it to red after checking a video replay.

Ahly soon made their numerical advantage count, opening the scoring in the 32nd minute after a flowing move.

A series of passes ended with forward Shady Hussein laying the ball off to El-Shahat, whose first-timer from just inside the area beat the keeper at his near post.

Ahly eased off after taking the lead, failing to kill off their opponents' hopes.

They had a solitary chance to extend their lead in the 68th minute when a low shot from midfielder Amr El-Sulaya went just wide.

They were punished in the 79th minute when Future's left-back Joseph Ngwem outjumped his marker to nod a cross into the path of El Ouadi at the far post to ghost behind defender Mahmoud Metwalli and stab the ball home.

In a frantic ending, Afsha wasted the penalty that was awarded after Future's Saad Samir pulled down substitute Bruno Savio and winger Karim Fouad spurned a golden chance when he was denied by the keeper in a one-on-one.

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