Ahmed Fathy and Ayman Ashraf celebrate Badhi's goal, photo courtesy of Al-Ahly Twitter account
CAIRO – 7 February 2020: Al-Ahly continued his amazing form at the domestic league after achieving the 13th straight victory from 13 games and it seems that Rene Weiler and his men are paving the way for their fifth League title in a row.
Al-Ahly manager counted on Ali Maaloul to lead the left flank while Ayman Ashraf started the game as a defender alongside Mahmoud Metwally.
The manager decided to keep January signings, Mahmoud Kahraba and Aliou Badji, on the bench and started the game with at attacking line of Hussein El Shahat, Junior Ajayi and Marwan Mohsen.
On the other hand, Pyramids players wanted to keep their habit of clinching the three points against the Red Devils as they defeated Al-Ahly in three occasions last season.
However, Pyramids, led by Croatian manager, Ante Čačić, missed their best player, Abdullah El Said, for suspension and the Croatian counted on Amor Layouni, John Antwi and Islam Issa to lead the team attacking line.
Both teams failed to open the score at the first half and played with greater caution which had a bad impact on the game rhythm to end the first half with a goalless draw.
The second half was a totally different story for each team as Ali Gabr opened the score for Pyramids after 8 minutes to put more pressure on Al-Ahly players who found themselves behind for the first time this season.
Al-Ahly players needed 20 minutes to bounce back and return at the game as Aliou Dieng shot was deflected by Badji, to equalize the score.
At the last minute of the game, Badji passed the ball to Dieng who struck an absolute thunderbolt of a shot through Pyramids defence, past their goalkeeper and into the back of the net to secure his team’s victory.
Al-Ahly leads the table with 39 points while Pyramids stayed at the fifth position with 26 points.