A lackadaisical Ahly concede late equaliser to draw with 10-man Dakhleya in Egyptian league

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Feb 2023

A lackluster Ahly side conceded a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with 10-man Dakhleya in an Egyptian Premier League (EPL) game at El-Salam stadium in Cairo on Tuesday.

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Ahly midfielder Kendouci in action against Dakhleya during their league game 1-1 on Tuesday. Photo: Ahly facebook page

 

The EPL leaders led 1-0 down the stretch thanks to Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneim goal in the 70th minute.

With ten minutes remaining in regulation, Ahly seemed to be headed for an easy win after Dakhleya defender Ahmed Abdel-Rasoul was sent off.

However, Dakhleya substitute Nigerian striker Rasheed Ahmed stunned the hosts after scoring the equaliser with less than a minute to play.

Despite the draw - their fifth in this season - Ahly remained on the top of the league table with 41 points, 3 points ahead of Pyramids FC and Future FC who played two matches more.

Koller's changes to no avail

Ahly coach Marcel Koller made 7 modifications in his starting line-up against Dakhleya to rest his regular starters following a frustrating 2-2 draw with South African side Mamelodi Sundowns at home on Saturday.

The Swiss tactician began the game with new Algerian signing Ahmed Kendouci as well as Taher Mohamed, Mohamed Ashraf and Rami Rabia in a rare start.

Still, Ahly produced a poor performance during the first-half, failing to pose any threat on Dakhleya keeper Emad El-Sayed in 45 minutes.

At the beginning of the second half, Koller introduced Ali Maaloul, Aliou Dieng and Mohamed Sherif to create more action.

Although these subs improved performance somewhat, still, the team's first threat against Dakhleya did not come till the hour mark when a Maaloul shot struck the bar.

Ten minutes later, Kahraba was on the rebound of a poor clearance of Dakhleya defender to fire home with a well placed shot from the edge of the area.

In the 80th minute, Ahly were awarded a penalty when Dakhleya defender tackled Ahly midfielder Hamdi Fathi inside the area. However, the referee reversed his decision on VAR Check, sending off the defender and awarding a free kick on the edge of the area.

As fans were getting ready to celebrate, Nigerian striker Rasheed Ahmed leveled the score in the 90th minute after easing-past Ahly defender Rabia before sending a powerful shot to the roof of the net.

Incredibly, Rasheed was close to scoring a winner twice in stoppage time but Ahly keeper Mohamed El-Shennawy denied one of his shots to a corner before another volley by him went wide seconds later.

Ahly will face Coton Sport in a rescheduled game in the CAF Champions League in Cairo on Saturday.     

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