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Full time: Zamalek 1-2 ENPPI (Egypt Cup final)

Welcome to Ahram Online's live coverage of the Egypt Cup final between Zamalek and ENPPI at Cairo Stadium on Tuesday

Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Oct 2011
Zamalek v Enppi
Zamalek winger Shikabala tries to dribble past Enppi defender Abdel-Zaher El-Sakka (Photo: Bassam Al-Zoghby)
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THE REFEREE BLOWS HIS FINAL WHISTLE, ENPPI ARE THE EGYPT CUP CHAMPIONS!!

90:00 + 4: Zamalek are desperately trying to find the equalizer in the dying seconds, but to no avail.

87:00: ENPPI are edging towards a stunning victory at the expense of a Zamalek side who looked more likely to win the Cup.

85:00: Substitute Hussein Hamdy squanders a chance to draw Zamalek level. He runs onto a through pass from Amr Zaki but his shot from a tight angle hits the side netting.

80:00: AHMED ABDEL-ZAHER FINISHES OFF A NEATLY-WORKED COUNTER ATTACK WITH A LOW SHOT FROM INSIDE THE AREA TO PUT ENPPI AHEAD WITH FEW MINUTES REMAINING.

GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL FOR ENPPI!!!!!!!

77:00: Zamalek make their second substitution, striker Gaafar is replaced by attacking midfielder Alaa Ali.

75:00: 15 minutes left, can Zamalek end the resistance of ENPPI and score a decisive goal? Can ENPPI hit Zamalek on the counter and grab a surprise victory?

72:00: Shikabala finds him with a pinpoint cross but a poor header from the unmarked Hassan goes over the bar.

72:00: ZAMALEK'S AHMED HASSAN WASTES A CLEAR-CUT OPPORTUNITY!!

71:00: ENPPI keeper Abou-Gabal blocks a powerful shot from Amr Zaki.

70:00: Zamalek make their first substitution, Omar Gaber replaces Hazem Emam.

67:00: Some desperate defending from ENPPI denies Zamalek, who are piling on pressure.

64:00: Zaki chests a cross into the path of Shikabala, whose left-foot volley from the edge of the area flies high over.

60:00: Zamalek are trying to redeem themselves after ENPPI's equalizer.

55:00: The penalty was awarded for a handball on Zamalek defender Fathallah.

53:00: Adel Mostafa's initial spot-kick strikes the hands of keeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed and the post but he makes no mistake on the rebound to level the score and silence the home crowd.

53:00: GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL FOR ENPPI!!  

52:00: PENALTY FOR ENPPI!!!!

50:00: Zamalek's pressure finally pays off, with ENPPI struggling to keep their powerful opponents at bay.

47:00: IN-FORM STRIKER ZAKI SENDS A SUPERB HEADER INTO THE FAR CORNER OF THE NET AFTER CONNECTING WITH AN INCH-PERFECT CROSS FROM FULL-BACK HAZEM EMAM.

47:00: GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL FOR ZAMALEK!!!!!

The second half is underway.

THE REFEREE BLOWS HIS HALF-TIME WHISTLE, THE SCORE IS STILL 0-0.

45:00 + 2: A far-post header from central defender Fathallah goes over the crossbar after a deep free-kick from Shikabala.

44:00: Ahmed Hassan sends another long-range shot which goes over the bar.

40:00: ENPPI are gradually gaining control, capitalizing on recurring mis-placed passes from Zamalek.

34:00: Amr Zaki side-steps an ENPPI defender inside the area but he dithers on the ball to allow another defender to block his shot.

30:00: Zamalek ease off a bit, giving ENPPI the chance to control the tempo.

25:00: ENPPI forced to make an early substitution, defender Amr Fahim is replaced with Hussein Ali after picking up an injury.

23:00: Right-back Hazem Emam sends a long-range volley but it misses the target.

21:00: ENPPI goalkeeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal parries a powerful shot from Shikabala into the path of Gaafar, who makes light of a challenge from a defender but his header misses the target with the goal gaping.

21:00: AHMED GAAFAR SQUANDERS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO BREAK THE DEADLOCK!!

19:00: Zamalek are laying siege to ENPPI's area, looking likely to open the scoring soon.

14:00: Zamalek's midfielder Ahmed Hassan finds the net but his goal is ruled out for offside!! Hassan's shot struck the body of teammate Ahmed Gaafar, who was in an offside position, and went into an empty net.

12:00: Zamalek are having better possession but they are yet to create a clear-cut chance.

10:00: Zamalek striker Amr Zaki tries his luck from distance but his poor shot goes wide.

09:00: Zamalek defender Salah Soliman receives treatment after being fouled by ENPPI striker Ahmed Raouf.

06:00: ENPPI are moving the ball around better than Zamalek, who are still struggling to implement their smooth football.

03:00: However, ENPPI make the first effort on goal, midfielder Ahmed Adel sending a low shot from the edge of the area that went wide of the post.

03:00: Zamalek, roared on by the crowd, are trying to mount early pressure.

The match is underway.

19:00: A minute of silence is held following Saturday's Maspero clashes between the Egyptian army and Coptic Christians which left dozens killed.

18:55: Both teams line up for the national anthem.

18:40: 20 minutes remaining before the kick-off. ENPPI will have to bear relentless fan pressure if they are to cause an upset and win the title tonight.

18:25: Zamalek players step onto the pitch for the routine pre-match warm-up amid enthusiastic cheers from the crowd.

18:10: Zamalek’s starting line-up: Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed, Hazem Emam, Mahmoud Fathallah, Salah Soliman, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed El-Merghani, Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Hassan, Shikabala, Amr Zaki, Ahmed Gaafar

18:06: Zamalek fans, who packed the stadium, stormed the section of the stands allocated for journalists. 

18:06: ENPPI’s starting line-up: Mohamed Abou-Gabal, Osama Ragab, Abdel-Zaher El-Saqqa, Amr Fahim, Mohamed Nasef, Mohamed Sobhi, Mohamed Shaaban, Celso Mano, Adel Mostafa, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, Ahmed Raouf

18:05: ENPPI, who lost to Zamalek in the cup final three years ago, won the title once in 2005 after beating Ittihad of Alexandria.

18:02: Zamalek are seeking to end a three-year title drought, haven’t not won any title since lifting the Egypt Cup trophy in 2008.

18:00: The match, which will be refereed by Swiss official Jerome Laperriere, kicks off at 19:00 PM Cairo local time (17:00 GMT).

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