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Like Barcelona, Real Madrid we concentrate on result, says Ahly coach

Fathi Mabrouk says fans would not forgive a loss even if the team performed well

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 17 Sep 2015
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After beating Petrojet to reach the Egypt Cup final, Ahly coach Fathi Mabrouk said he was concentrating on victory not the performance, because the supporters would not forgive him if Ahly lost.

Ahly came back from being a goal down to beat a resilient Petrojet side 3-1 on Wednesday and reach the Egypt Cup final as they bid to win the competition for the first time since 2007.

Four superb goals included a surprise opener for visitors Petrojet, who grabbed a lead midway through the first half through striker Mohamed Ragab, before Ramadan Sobhi equalized three minutes from half-time in superb fashion.

Left-back Hussein El-Sayed then gave his side the lead in the 70th minute with a swerving effort before substitute Ahmed Fathi made sure of victory two minutes from the end with a left-footed volley.

"Victory was more important for me more than the performance," Mabrouk said in the post game press conference.

"People won't accept a loss even if the players perform well."

"Ahly are like Real Madrid and Barcelona, as they also play less dominant matches but manage to achieve targets," the Ahly tactician added.

"We failed to dominate Petrojet during the first twenty minutes, but eventually we managed to win and dominate the opponents."

"Ahly's players' experience gave us the upper hand and helped us reach the cup final," the Ahly coach concluded.

Ahly will now meet the winner of Thursday's match between Smouha and league champions Zamalek, who will play at Alexandria Stadium.

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