Ibrahim Adel first advanced to Pyramids, before Hussein Al-Shahat tied for Al-Ahly, then Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim “Kahraba” advanced, before Eric Traore equalized at the end of the match after a fatal mistake by Al-Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Shennawi.
Al-Ahly scored the 42nd point from 20 matches, in third place, 19 points from Zamalek, who played 7 more matches, to lose two important points in the summit conflict.
As for Pyramids, it scored 35 points from 23 matches, in the first appearance of coach Takis Junias, to climb to eighth place.
Al-Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane started the match with a similar formation to how he played against Esperance in the return of the African Champions League semi-final, with the participation of Rami Rabia instead of the suspended Ayman Ashraf, with the presence of both ..
Goalkeeper: Mohamed El-Shennawy.
Defense: Ali Maaloul – Badr Banoon – Rami Rabia – Akram Tawfik.
Middle: Hamdi Fathi – Aliou Diang – Amr Al-Sulayya.
In front of them: Taher Muhammad Taher – Muhammad Magdy “Afsha”.
Attack: Muhammad Sharif.
As for Takis Junias, he started his first match with Pyramids with
Goalkeeper: Ahmed El-Shennawy
Defense: Mohamed Hamdi – Ahmed Ayman Mansour – Ahmed Sami – Ahmed Fathi
Defensive midfield: Nabil Imad “Dunga” – Ibrahim Hassan
Attacking midfield: Ramadan Sobhi – Abdullah Al-Saeed – Eric Traore
Attack: Ibrahim Adel
The first half .. a goal disallowed and sent off
The match started strong with Taher Mohamed Taher wasting a golden opportunity, after starting from Akram Tawfik and a pass by Aliou Diang, who played a cross that reached Taher, who shot it over the crossbar from close to the 6-yard line.
Ibrahim Adel hit the crossbar in the 18th minute, with the beginning of the Pyramids possession period, after which Hamdi Fathi received a warning for a strong intervention against the player himself.
In the 24th minute, Ramadan Sobhi threatened Al-Ahly’s goal by receiving Ibrahim Adel’s pass inside the penalty area, and he shot with the sole of the foot, but Mohamed El-Shennawy saved it.
Ahmed Ayman Mansour was booked in the 26th minute for a deliberate handball in front of Mohamed El-Shennawy in an attempt to stop playing the ball quickly.
The following minutes witnessed strong interventions by both teams, before Nabil Imad “Donga” received a warning in the 43rd minute after a strong intervention on Hamdi Fathi.
In the 45th minute, Al-Ahly scored a goal that was canceled by the referee after Taher’s shot, which rebounded to Afsha, but he was offside.
In the 48th minute, Dunga again interfered with Hamdi Fathi, received a second warning, and was expelled, but the VAR turned the decision to a direct expulsion after that.
The second half.. all the excitement
At the beginning of the half, Musimani included Hussein Al-Shahat instead of Hamdi Fathi.
But despite the numerical shortage, Pyramids started the second half strongly with a ball passed by Abdullah Al-Saeed to Ramadan Sobhi, who put Ibrahim Adel in a solitary position to score successfully against Al-Shennawi in the 47th minute.
But after 3 minutes, substitute Hussein El-Shahat equalized after a cross from Taher. Afsha met her with a shot that Ahmed El-Shennawy saved, to return to El-Shahat and score in the empty net.
In the 61st minute, Al-Ahly got a penalty kick after Ibrahim Hassan challenged Taher with a high ball.
But Ali Maaloul hit the ball at the post, to continue the tie.
Ahmed Fathi was booked after Ali Maaloul interfered in the 63rd minute.
Takis Junias made two changes with the participation of Ahmed Al-Sheikh instead of Ibrahim Adel, and Mahmoud Hamada instead of Abdullah Al-Saeed.
In the 71st minute, Al-Sulayya hit a powerful shot that was blocked by Ahmed El-Shennawy, who continued to shine by blocking a powerful shot from Taher’s heel after Maaloul’s cross.
In the 75th minute, Ahmed El-Shennawy prevented Taher’s cross from falling into the goal with a wonderful save.
A minute later, Mahmoud Abdel Moneim “Kahraba” participated in the place of Akram Tawfiq, and Salah Mohsen instead of Taher, while Omar Jaber participated in the place of Ibrahim Hassan in the ranks of Pyramids.
Kahraba took only 5 minutes to reward Musimani, with a cross from Hussein Al-Shahat and Bannon’s header, and scoring the goal of progress.
From here, Al-Ahly dominated, and Salah Mohsen missed the opportunity to widen the difference after a wonderful preparation from Kahraba, but he shot outside the frame from inside the penalty area.
In the 90th minute, Mahmoud Wadi participated instead of Ahmed Fathi.
Mohamed Sharif hit a superb ball from a counterattack in Ahmed El-Shennawy’s post in the 92nd minute.
But in the 93rd minute, Mohamed El-Shennawy made a strange mistake in front of his goal, after a wrong pass from Afsha and a return to him from Rabia, and pressure from Pyramids on the goalkeeper, who made a mistake in front of Eric Traore and scored the equalizer.
And then Marwan Mohsen participated in the place of Aliou Diang, but the match actually ended, with a draw.