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Full time: Ahly 4-2 Zamalek (CAF Champions League)

Title holders Ahly all but secure a semi-final place at the African Champions League following a 4-2 win over rivals Zamalek on Sunday

Ahram Online, Sunday 15 Sep 2013
Ahly and Zamalek
Zamalek's Ahmed Eied (L) fights for the ball against derby rivals Al Ahly's Abdallah El Saied during their CAF Champions League soccer match at El-Gouna stadium in Hurghada, about 464 km (288 miles) from the capital Cairo July 24, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
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The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly 4-2 Zamalek

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Ekramy blocks a free-kick from Zamalek's Ahmed Hassan.

90 The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time.

88 A right-wing cross from Mohamed Ibrahim goes begging as Zamalek mount a late onslaught.

87 With three minutes remaining, Ahly have all but claimed all three points.

84 Ahly's stalwart Abou-Treika is replaced with left-back Ahmed Shedid.

82 Ahmed Hassan narrows the gap. Ekramy could only palm a cross into the path of the veteran midfielder at the far post to head into an empty net.

82 GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR ZAMALEK!!

80
Dominique squanders the chance to add the fifth! He breaks clear but his shot is blocked by advancing keeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed. Ahly are tearing Zamalek to shreds.

78 Some tense moments now. Shikabala is involved in another argument with Ahly defender Wael Gomaa and full-back Sayed Moawad.

76 Zamalek waste a golden chance!! A header from Ahmed Gaafar is tipped onto the bar by Ekramy.

75 Zamalek's final substitution. Omar Gaber is replaced with veteran midfielder Ahmed Hassan.

74 Dominique almost makes an immediate impact!! He misses the target with the goal at his mercy after breaking clear of the defence.

74 Another substitution for Ahly. Striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher makes way for Mauritanian frontman Dominique Da Silva.

72 Ahly make their first substitution. Man-of-the-match Soliman is replaced with midfielder Mahmoud Hassan "Trezeguet".

71 Right-back Ahmed Fathi ghosts behind Zamalek's static backline to fire home an angled shot after latching onto another defence-splitting pass from the impressive Walid Soliman.

71 GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR AHLY!!

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The introduction of Zamalek's Mohamed Ibrahim injects zeal into the team's build-up play.

65 Zamalek have a penalty claim waved away by the referee after Hazem Emam appeared to have been brought down by Ahly's left-back Sayed Moawad.

62 An attempted volley by Ahmed Gaafar goes into the safe hands of Ekramy. Zamalek muster some tame efforts that hardly trouble Ahly.

60 Shikabala's ensuing free-kick is easily saved by Ekramy.

59 Ahly's left-back Sayed Mowad is booked for a handball.

58 A free-kick from Zamalek's Shikabala goes narrowly wide after striking the wall.

54 Zamalek make a couple of substitutions. Diminutive attacking midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim replaces Ahmed Eid and right-back Ahmed Samir makes way for winger Hazem Emam.

52 Talismanic playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika, the Cairo derby's all-time top scorer, meets a sublime back-heel pass from Walid Soliman with an unstoppable volley that beats Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed at his near post.

52 GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR AHLY!!

51
Shikabala squanders a clear-cut chance to level the score! He runs onto a long ball to outpace his marker but his right-foot volley goes over the bar from inside the area.

50 Zamalek's left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy whips in a cross but lone striker Ahmed Gaafar fails to get on the end of it.

49 A poorly-taken corner from Zamalek's Shikabala goes out.

47 Zamalek are likely to push forward to at least salvage a share of spoils as a defeat will all but end their hopes of booking a last-four berth.

The second half is underway

The referee blows his half-time whistle, Ahly 2-1 Zamalek

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A header by Zamalek's Ahmed Eid at the far post is saved by Ekramy. A rare chance for the White Knights.

45 Zamalek defender Mahmoud Fathallah is receiving treatment after a free-kick from Abou-Treika struck his face.

44 At the other end, a weak shot by Zamalek's Ahmed Eid is easily collected by Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy.

43 Ahly are moving the ball around smoothly amid little resistance from Zamalek's midfielders.

41 Both sides ease off in the latter stages of the first half.

38 Zamalek's fiery-tempered winger Shikabala shoves Ahly's left-back Sayed Moawad as the match is briefly interrupted.

35 Another chance for Ahly!! A close-range effort from Abou-Treika is blocked by Zamalek keeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed.

32 Ahly waste a golden opportunity to extend the gap!! A powerful, angled drive from Abdallah El-Said strikes the crossbar from just inside the area.

28 Chances are few and far between now. Both sides are finding it difficult to maintain their
rhythm.

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Zamalek are mainly relying on Ahmed Eid to penetrate down the left flank. However, he is kept at bay by Fathi.

22 Zamalek have the better possession now as they up the tempo in a bid to restore parity.

18 Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy produces a superb reflex save to prevent Zamalek from equalising. Gomaa's attempted defensive clearance
ricochets off Zamalek defender Hamada Tolba but Ekramy blocks it at his near post.

18 Zamalek winger Ahmed Eid is struggling to get the better of Fathi, who is putting in a superb display so far.

15 Lone striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher towers above his marker to head home a pinpoint cross from right-back Ahmed Fathi. What an explosive start for the Red Devils!

15 GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL FOR AHLY!!

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It's an evenly-balanced affair now.

11 A free-kick from Ahly winger Abdallah El-Said goes over the crossbar.

10 It's one of the most exciting starts to the Cairo derby in recent years.

9 Ahly winger Walid Soliman collects a deft pass, cuts inside his marker and breaks clear before crashing a powerful volley into the top corner. A wonderful goal for the hosts.

9 GOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR AHLY!!

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Zamalek striker Ahmed Gaafar holds off challenger Wael Gomaa inside the area and sends a curling shot that narrowly misses the target.

6 Zamalek continue their habit of scoring early goals in Cairo derbies. Will Ahly equalise, as they usually do in such cases?

4 Zamalek's versatile midfielder Omar Gaber puts Zamalek ahead after he latched onto a superb chipped pass from winger Mahmoud Abdel-Razek 'Shikabala' to outpace defender Mohamed Naguib and notch home past advancing keeper Sherif Ekramy.

4 GOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR ZAMALEK!!

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Abou-Treika's ensuing, curling free-kick is blocked by Zamalek keeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed.

2 Ahly are awarded a free-kick near the edge of the area after midfielder Shehab Ahmed was brought down by Nour El-Sayed.

The match is underway

Stay tuned for Ahram Online's live coverage of the CAF Champions League Group A round five match between Ahly and Zamalek.

The atmosphere is not cheerful at all in the Gouna stadium as the game will be played behind closed-doors according to the ban imposed by CAF on Ahly.

With one hour to go, both teams arrived at Gouna stadium and will start warming up very soon.

Zamalek need to defy the odds and claim their first ever victory in the Champions League against Ahly to boost their chances of reaching the semis (check their head-to-head record in videos).

Zamalek have four points, three behind Ahly, South Africa's Orlando Pirates and DR Congo's AC Leopards after the Leopards win yesterday.

The game will be held behind closed doors at the Red Sea resort of Gouna, 430km from the capital, due to security concerns, though neither team attributes any importance to the location of the match.

Starting lineups:

Ahly:

Sherif Ekrami - Sayed Mowad, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Fathi - Shehab Eldin, Hossam Ashour, Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Abou-Treika - Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.

Zamalek:

Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed - Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Mahmoud Fathallah, Hamada Tolba, Ahmed Samir - Ahmed Tawfik, Nour El-Sayed, Omar Gaber, Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek, Mahmoud Abdel-Razek "Shikabala" -  Ahmed Gaafar.

The match kicks off at 15:00 CLT (13:00 GMT).

Read the full preview here.

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