Al Ahly trashed Ragaa 4-1 in the Egyptian League | VIDEO
Champions Ahly secured an easy 4-1 win over lowly side Ragaa in Monday’s Egyptian Premier League game to get a morale boost ahead of Sunday’s anticipated African Champions League match against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel.
Ahly will host their North African rivals at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium in the second leg of the semi-final, hoping to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to reach their first Champions League final since lifting the last of their record eight trophies in 2013.
The Reds earned their precious three points against Ragaa with three goals in the first half by Ahmed Fathi, Moemen Zakareya, and Junior Ajayi, as well as a fourth after the break by Saad Samir.
But the injury of midfielder Hossam Ashour in the first half spoiled the joy of Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry, who will be already missing central midfielders Ahmed Fathi (due to suspension) and Hisham Mohamed (due to injury) in the upcoming match against Etoile du Sahel.
Ahly, who still have two league games in hand due to continental commitment, recovered from a disappointing 1-1 draw with Talae El-Geish in their opening game of the season to secure an easy 2-0 win over Ittihad of Alexandria last week.
Ahly climbed with Monday’s victory from the league’s 14th place to the seventh, holding seven points, five behind leaders Masry.
Ragaa, who haven’t secured a single win since the season began, scored their first goal of the season against Ahly, but they remained in the danger zone lying at the league’s bottom with zero points.