Zamalek one step closer to Egyptian PL title as Al Ahly drop points

Egyptian powerhouse Zamalek are now just six points away from lifting a long-awaited Egyptian Premier League title after beating Wadi Degla 1-0.

Wadi Degla had their first chance in the 12th minute through Ahmed Atef but his shot as easily saved by Zamalek goalkeeper Mohamed Abogabal.

In the 16th minute, Shikabala crossed the ball to Mohamed Abdelghani inside the penalty area but his header went wide.

Zamalek were dominant throughout the first-half and relied heavily on crosses, while Degla depended heavily on their quick counter attacks but had very few clear cut chances.

Then in the 36th minute, Shikabala found Ahmed Sayed Zizo in the far right post but the latter’s header was brilliantly saved by Mohamed Abdelmonsef.

Just two minutes before the half-time whistle, Achraf Bencharki received the ball on the edge of the penalty box but his long range effort was once again stopped by Abdelmonsef.

Al Ahly Drop Points Again

Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly have dropped points for a second time in three games, suffering a huge blow in the title race.

Al Ahly fell four points behind leaders Zamalek after drawing 0-0 with El Gaish on Tuesday evening. As a consequence, Al Ahly now sit four points behind their bitter rivals on the log.

Al Ahly had their best chance after 30 minutes when Hamdi Fathi’s header following a free-kick by Ali Maaloul sailed past the post.

Mosimane’s came very close to scoring in the 38th minute when a looping header was cleared via bicycle kick off the line. 

Mosimane vehemently asked the referee for a VAR review to check whether ball had crossed the line but it was not given.

Both teams entered the break goalless, while the second half also started slow.

Al Ahly pushed for an opener without really creating any real chances, as time ran away from the defending champions.

Zamalek now sit on top of the league table with 73 points, four ahead of Al Ahly. They will now need just two wins from their remaining three league games this season in order to secure their 13th league title.

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