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RELIVE: Ahly v Zamalek (Egypt Cup final)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Monday's game between Ahly and Zamalek in the Egypt Cup final game

Ahram Online , Monday 21 Sep 2015
Ahly and Zamalek
Basem Mursi (2nd L) of El Zamalek celebrates a goal during their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly at Petro Sport stadium in Cairo (Reuters)
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Full time: Ahly 0-2 Zamalek

90+3 The referee blows the final whistle!!! Zamalek win the double!!!

90+1 Koffi collides with Meteb, whose nose bleeds as a result.

90' The referee gives three minutes of stoppage time.

88' Ahly look completely out of sorts tonight, unable to make the most of the crosses afforded to them.

86' Ahmed Hassan Mekki plays his free kick high of the bar..

84' Gennesh in a brilliant piece of goalkeeping gets out of goal to block Ramadan Sobhi down the left handside of the area.

81' Ahly are bossing possession, but struggling to threaten.

78' Gamal replaced by Meteb.

75' Ahmed Hassan Mekki is wheeled on as Morsi makes way.

71' WHAT A CHANCE!!!! Fathi runs into spaces left behind before laying the ball off to the onruhing Morsi but the latter's effort goes narrowly wide after keeper Ekrami got a hand to it. 

70' Zamalek still camping inside their own half, and unable to keep the ball when they recover possession.

65' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Amr Gamal sees an unfortunate strike hit the pos! A magnificent effort from the Ahly young forward!!

65' Ibrahim Abdel-Khaleq replaces Omar Gaber.

64' Bassem Morsi cautioned by the referee.

61' Antwi comes in for the ineffectual Zakareya.

61' Fathi seems unreliable in right-back tonight, unabe to properly send crosses.

60' Mostafa Fathi replaces Ayman Hefni.

58' Ferreira is now looking to rely on Kahraba and Hefni to expose the spaces left behind the pushing forward Ahly.

55' Zamalek are now sitting back in their own half, with Ahly failing to pose threat despite bossing possession.

51' In what seemed to be a dangerous attack by Ahly, Hamdi Zaki played an overhit pass that proved too strong for his teammate,

50' Tawfik makes a timely block on Hussein El-Sayed, the converted right-back looks comfortable in his new position.

48' Offside against Bassem Morsi...

The second half begins.

45+2 The referee blows the whistle ending the first half.

45+1 WHAT A CHANCE!!! Gaber misses the target after receiving the ball unmarked inside the area to waste his side's third of the night!!

44' Morsi has a penalty shout after being allegedly fouled inside the area but the referee waves play on..

43' Tawfik goes into the referee's book after fouling the surging Husssein El-Sayed.

41' Gennesh falls to the ground after a collision with Amr Gamal inside the area, as the Zamalek keeper attempts to catch his breath for a while.

38' Bassem Ali has been substituted by forward Mohamed Hamdi Zaki.

37' Meriting on a gaffe from Ali Gabr who passed the ball to Moemen Zakareya, the Ahly man shot wide when it looked easier to score.

34' Morsi capitalizes on a defensive blunder from the Ahly rearguard, after right-back Bassem Ali headed the ball back to his center backs before Morsi intervened to get a touch to the ball which rolled into the net. 

34' GOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Bassem Morsi strikes again!!!

30' Kahraba is a main source of threat down the left with his showboating dribbling skills and trickery.

28' Maarouf makes a brilliant solo effort as he motors forward but sees his strike from outside the area hit Saad Samir. 

26' The Whites have retreated after taking the lead, as Ahly look close to equalizing.

25' Zamalek are adept at receiving the ball in pockets of space inside Ahly's half, as Omar Gaber was fouled as he ran towards the Ahly defense.

21' UNBELIEVABLE!!! Sobhi wastes a valuable chance after receiving the ball from the right before seeing his eventual shot denied by the Zamalek defense!!

18' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Amr Gamal sees a powerful strike deflect off Tolba's leg as it goes narrowly wide of the post! That was close!!! 

16' Ahly look out of sorts tonight, unable to mount a fightback against Zamalek..

15' Ahly are now on the attack, but the Zamalek defense is vigilant so far..

11' Following some good work by Maarouf down the left, an unmarked Bassem receives the ball inside the area, before making a sublime dummy as he struck home with his left foot! Quite brilliant from the Egypt striker!!

11' GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! Bassem Morsi gives Zamalek the lead!!1

10' Ahly are now on the attack...

8' Hefni falls to the ground clutching to his knee, but gets up now.

6' Ramadan appears for the first time in the Ahly attack, however, Moemen fails to control the ball .. out for goal kick!

5' Maarouf fouled by Amr Gamal after receiving the ball in space from Tarek Hamed.

3' With Zamalek dominating in the early stages, left-back El-Sayed fouls the lively Hefni.

1' Kahraba on the attack early on as he attempts to beat Fathi before Saad Samir recovers the ball

The match gets underway

19:05 Zamalek refuse to play the game before the fans leave the stands

18:55 Just five minutes till kick off!

18:45 Both teams have finished warming up and are now back to their dressing rooms.

18:30 Ahmed Hamoudi has been ruled out of the squad in the final moments, reportedly due to injury.

18:25 As to hosts Ahly, Ahmed Fathi is set to partner Hossam Ashour at the center of the park, rendering the Reds' midfield sold against Hefni and Kahraba.

18:15 Ahmed Tawfik is set to assume the right-back role, with Omar Gaber fielded as a central midfielder ahead of holder Tarek Hamed.

18:00 Zamalek wizard Ayman Hefni returns to the starting XI after being left out of the Smouha semi-final win.

17:35: Ahly lineup  (4-2-3-1): Sherif Ekrami - Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Hussein El-Sayed - Hossam Ashour, Ahmed Fathi - Moemen Zakareya, Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhi - Amr Gamal.

16:50: Zamalek lineup (4-3-3): Mahmoud Gennesh - Ahmed Tawfik, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Hamada Tolba - Omar Gaber, Tarek Hamed, Maarouf Yussuf - Ayman Hefni, Mahmoud Kahraba, Bassem Morsi. 

16:30 Despite the game being played behind closed doors, a hundred people -- chosen from Ahly and Zamalek's board members -- have been allowed to attend the game at the stadium.

16:00 Swedish referee, Jonas Eriksson, who was called by FIFA to officiate in Brazil's 2014 FIFA World Cup, will be in charge of the Cairo derby between Ahly and Zamalek.

15:00 The Cairo giants, Ahly and Zamalek could also potentially clash in the CAF Confederation Cup, should both teams march through the semis and make it to the two-legged African final.

14:30 Their meeting in the Egypt Cup final also meant that Ahly and Zamalek will meet in the Super Cup, regardless of who wins the cup.

14:00 Zamalek booked their place in the Egypt Cup final after beating Smouha 4-3 on penalties after full-time play concluded with a goalless draw, while Ahly reached the final by easy 3-1 win over Petrojet last week.

13:30 Ahly will miss their talented playmaker Walid Soliman and captain Hossam Ghaly due to injuries. Ahly's newly-signed Gabonese striker Malick Evouna will also sit out against Zamalek due to a thigh complaint suffered in the Confederation Cup win over Stade Malien.

13:00 Zamalek will miss first-choice goalie Ahmed El-Shennawi after being ruled out by manager Jesualdo Ferreira alongside missing talented midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim, but this time due to an injury sustained during the Smouha win.

12:30 Having failed to beat Ahly in 21 games in all competitions since a 2-0 league win in the 2006/ 2007 season, Zamalek will be wishing things would go their way this time around as they eye the season's double for the first time since 1988.

12:00 Zamalek will be hoping for an end to their Ahly jinx when the arch rivals lock horns in the Egypt Cup final at Cairo's Petrosport Stadium on Monday. 

Stay tuned as the match is due to start at 19:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)

Venue: Petrosport Stadium

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

Check the match preview here

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