El Shahat fires Ahly to 4-1 win against Zamalek

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 Jul 2023

Hussein El Shahat delivered a remarkable performance, scoring two stunning goals to lead Ahly to a resounding 4-1 win against Zamalek on Thursday, igniting their league title celebration.

(Photo: Ahly s official twitter account)


Tunisia's fullback, Ali Maaloul, found the net in the 45th minute, while Mohamed Sherif sealed the victory in the 92nd minute. Zamalek's consolation goal came from the penalty spot, courtesy of Ahmed "Zizo" Sayed in the 68th minute.

As already-crowned champions, Ahly had postponed their title celebration until after the Cairo derby, reclaiming the domestic title after two years, which had been won by their arch-rivals Zamalek.

Ahly couldn't have asked for a better start to the game, with El-Shahat unleashing a thunderous shot into the top corner just 90 seconds into play.

Two minutes later, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi came close to doubling his team's lead, but his brilliant curling effort crashed off the crossbar.

Young defender Hatem Sokar made a goal-line clearance, denying a brilliant chip ball from Mahmoud "Kahraba" Abdel-Moneim a few minutes later.

El-Shahat capitalized on open space and fired another long-range shot that beat keeper Mohamed Sobhy, doubling his team's advantage.

Despite missing key players, notably Marwan Attia and Amr El-Sulaya, Ahly showcased their quality against a demoralized Zamalek side.

Seconds before halftime, Ali Maaloul struck from outside the box, extending Ahly's lead to 3-0, a scoreline that fairly reflected their dominance.

Zamalek exhibited an improved performance in the second half, aided by four substitutions made by coach Juan Carlos Osorio at the beginning of the period.

While Ahly seemed content with the result and avoided taking risks in their attacking play, their rivals pushed forward aggressively.

Zizo narrowed the gap in the 68th minute with a successful penalty kick after being fouled by Dieng in the box. The White Knights had their share of misfortune, hitting the post twice through shots from Zizo and a header from Senegalese forward Ibrahima Ndiaye.

In the conclusive moments of the match, second-half substitute Mohamed Sherif met Dieng's low cross with a clinical first-time strike, ensuring Ahly's victory beyond any doubt.

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