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Ahram Online provided live coverage of Egypt's Super Cup showdown between Egyptian Premier League champions Ahly and Cup title holders Zamalek on Sunday

Ahram Online, Sunday 14 Sep 2014
Ahly and Zamalek
Ahly's Walied Soliman fights for the ball with Zamalek players (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Penalties: Ahly 5-4 Zamalek

- Ibrahim Salah's shot hits the post!! Ahly win the game!!

- Rezk scores!!

- Tawfik scores!!

- Rahil scores!!

- Koffi misses!!

- Saad Samir scores!!

- Gaber scores!!

- Bassem Ali scores!!

- Ekrami saves Ahmed Samir's spotkick!!

- Naguib scores!!

- Khaled Kamar scores!!!

- El-Shennawy blocks Soliman's spot kick!!

- Abdel-Shafy scores!!

- El-Shennawy saves Abdel-Zaher's shot!

90+3 The referee blows the final whistle, as we head into penaly shootouts.

90+2 Sobhy booked after pulling down Abdel-Shafy, who solely carried out his side's counter attack from his own box.

90+1 El-Shennawi saves his side in the dying minutes by blocking Abdel-Zaher's shot from tight angle.

90' Ahmed Eid withdrawn as debutant Ahmed Samir replaces him.

89' Soliman down on the ground, apparently suffering a problem.

86' Zamalek look to have opted to sit back during the final minutes of the match, but they need to maintain their intense pressing game if they are to avoid a late upset.

83' Hossam Ashour is fouled for a rough tackle on Tawfik. The Ahly man is so reckless today.

81' Ahmed Ali comes off the bench to replace Hefni, as Zamalek now play with two out-and-out strikers.

77' Abdel-Zaher pounces on while Zamalek players stall on clearing the ball away inside the six yard box, but the ball goes out for corner. 

74' Ahly's Ahmed Abdel-Zaher now comes in for for Saladin Said.

70' Hefni looks to have picked up an injury, maybe he will be replaced now.

66' Freshly-introduced Sobhy plays a glorious through ball to play in Walid Soliman as El-Shennawi comes into his side's rescue.

65' Eid booked for remonstrating against the ref, while Garrido makes Ahly's first change, bringing on Ramadan Sobhy instead of the menacing Gamal.

63' An excellent one-two near the box from Zamalek ends up with Gaber playing an awfull pass inside the area.

60' The first substitution of the game, Khaled Kamar wheeled on as Cisse has been removed.

58' Superb work from Ibrahim Salah, who initiates an attack before taking a goalscoring position inside the box till tracking Ahly's full back to impressively reclaim the ball again. 

55' Ahly are teh better side after the break, piling pressure on Zamalek who are unable to keep the ball for long.

52' Rezk fires a half-volley from outside the box but El-Shennawy easily collects the ball..

51' Foul for Hefni after being shoved by Ashour during a counter attack for the Whites.

48' The first caution of the second period, Omar Gamal booked following a fierce tackle on Soliman.

The second half begins...

45+1 The referee blows the whistle, ending the first half.

45' The fourth official shows one minute of stoppage time. 

43' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Hefni unleashes a thunderous long range drive that richocheted off the cross bar!! The best thing so far in a dour first half!!

42' TV replays show that Salah was handed a booking after the referee had adjudged him to have fouled Soliman.

39' Foul for Cisse while attempting to withstand the pressure to retain the ball.

37' Free kick for Zamalek after Hefni had been fouled following a fine run in midfield.

35' Hefni fouled after making a tackle on Ashour, as usual, all events happen in midfield.

33' Saad Samir gets into the referee's book after a lunge on Hefni, a foul that caused an uproar on the Zamalek bench!!

27' A great one-two between Abdel-Shafy and Eid, who plays in front of the Egypt left-back, but eventually they lose the ball.

25' Hossam Ghaly makes a fierce foul on Salah, but no yellow cards brandished by the ref till now.

24' Play has been restricted to midfield during those past few minutes, with both teams unable to muster a shot on goal.

18' Debutant Rezk hits a weak shot, easily gathered by keeper El-Shennawy

15' Another free kick for Zamalek from the right, the Whites are bossing possession so far up untill now..

13' Free kick for Zamalek after Cisse's header touched an opponent's hand near the center circle

11' Cisse' flagged for offside following a fine through ball by Hefni..

7' The first corner of the game comes for Ahly, but the defense eventually clears.

5' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Soliman's ensuing free kick bouces off the post as Gamal then fails to prod home on the rebound.

5' A free kick for Ahly from a dangerous position following a harsh foul from Gabr on Gamal

3' After nearly a three-minute spell dominance by Zamalek, Ibrahim Salah concedes a foul against Walid Soliman

2' Zamalek pouring forward early on..

The match gets underway...

Starting lineups:

Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Sabry Rahil, Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Bassem Ali, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed Rezk, Walid Soliman, Saladdin Said, Amr Gamal

Zamalek: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Omar Gaber, Maarouf Youssef, Ahmed Tawfik, Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Eid, Ayman Hefni, Abdoulaye Cisse

19:57 Few minutes into kick off...

19:55 Both teams are walking down the tunnel right now into the pitch, with no crowds cheering their sides.

19:50 Ahly frontman Amr Gamal is also expected to give Zamalek's rearguard a headache with his movements and excellent heading prowess.

19:40 Zamalek new-arrival Hefni is the man to watch tonight, with the former Maqassa playmaker renowned of his agility, dazzling skills and tricks.

19:35 Another interesting area on the pitch will be the midfield battle, between Ahly trio Ashour, Ghaly, Rezk and Zamalek's Salah, Maarouf and Tawfik.

19:30 Three Zamalek players make their first-ever appearance tonight; Ali Gabr, Maarouf Youssef  and Ayman Hefni.

19:25 It will be interesting to see how the Zamalek center backs will rise to the challenge posed by Ahly's strike duo Amr Gamal and Saladin Said 

19:20 Burkina Faso international Mohamed Koffi plays as a center-back, alongside debutant Ali Gabr against Ahly.

18:45 Hours before the match, a dispute emerged as to whom owns exclusive broadcasting rights of the game, but the issue has been eventually settled. 

18:30 It is the first-ever derby match for coach Juan Garrido with Ahly, as the former Real Betis manager will be relying on his derby-experienced players in giving him the upper hand. 

18:15 Ahly have two players making their bows tonight, with Ethiopia frontman Saladdin Said and midfielder Mohamed Rezk making the starting lineups. 

17:45 Zamalek are expected to hand new summer-signings defender Ali Gabr and playmaker Ayman Hefni their debuts in tonights's Super Cup showdown.

16:30 Ahly, the record seven-time winners, have prevailed in two Egyptian Super Cup meetings with Cairo foes Zamalek.

16:15 Ahly and Zamalek last meeting was at a crucial stage of last season when Ahly claimed a narrow 1-0 victory in the final four-team mini-league phase, courtesy of an own goal from Ahmed Tawfik, to go on and wrap up an eighth straight title.

16:00 Zamalek have not defeated Ahly since 2007, with the latter winning nine games and drawing eight times in all competitions.

15:45 Ahly have also strengthened their squad with nine new signings, having struggled to make up for the retirement of talismanic playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika and rock-solid defender Wael Gomaa last term.

15:30 Zamalek hope the host of signings they had made in the close season will spur them to a rare win over arch-rivals Ahly as both sides clash in the Egyptian Super Cup on Sunday.

The match kicks off at 17:00 GMT (20:00 Cairo time). Stay tuned.

Venue: Cairo International Stadium

Referee: Mohamed Farouk (Egypt)

Assistants: Ahmed Hossam, Tahsien Aboul-Sadat

Fourth official: Mohamed El-Hanafy

Check the match preview.

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