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RELIVE: Ahly v Zamalek (Egyptian Premier League, final matchday)

Ahram Online is providing a live coverage of Monday's Cairo derby between Ahly and Zamalek in the final matchday of the Egyptian Premier League

Ahram Online , Monday 17 Jul 2017
Ahly V Zamalek
File Photo: Zamalek midfielder Maarouf Yusuf and Ahly skipper Hossam Ghaly fighting for the ball (Photo: Reuters)
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(Ahly 2-0 Zamalek)
Scorers: Walid Soliman 41, Ajayi 89 

 

90+3 The referee blows the final whistle! Ahly 2-0 Zamalek

90' The ref gives a three-minute stoppage-time.

89' After a great effort to pass Zamalek's defence, Abdallah El-Said sent a perfect shot from inside the box to Junior Ajayi who cleverly converted the ball into the net to double the score for the champions

89' GOAAAAAL for Ahly

86' Another missed chance through a header by Ali Gabr.. Zamalek players keep fighting for the goal

83' Bad luck continues for Zamalek.. Stanley Ohawuchi wastes a golden chance to score the equalizer

81' What a missed chance for Ahly.. Moemen Zakareya receives a perfect pass from Ali Maaloul but surprisingly he sends the ball away of Zamalek's net

80' Hossam Ashour replaces exhausted midfielder Saleh Gomaa

80' Ten minutes remaining.. Both teams share the dominance

75' Zamalek's striker Bassem Morsi replaces Shikabala.. The last chance for Inacio to refresh his team

74' Ghaly misses a chance to double the score for Ahly.. keeper Salah was on target again

67' Zamalek's midfielder Tarek Hamed leaves the pitch due to injury.. Mahmoud Abdel-Aati 'Dunga' replaces him

66' A yellow card for Zamalek's full-back Mohamed Nassef

63' Ahly's attacking midfielder Abdallah El-Said comes in for teammate Walid Soliman

61' Ahly's midfield trio Hossam Ghaly, Amr El-Sulaya and Saleh Gomaa remains a source of real threat for Zamalek

53' Attacking midfielder Mostafa Fathi replaces striker Hossam Salama.. Zamalek's coach Inacio injects new blood into his attacking line as he searches for the equalizer.. Strikers Basem Morsi and Ahmed Refaat are on the bench waiting for a call from the Portuguese coach

52' Zamalek's keeper Salah is the hero for Zamalek today.. The rookie keeper saves his net again from a certain goal by Ahly's Walid Soliman

48' A strong start for Zamalek.. Ahly keeps a tightened defence

46' In the second half.. Zamalek needs to deploy an attacking strategy instead of the defensive one of the first half.. Ahly wants to keep their lead with another goal

The second half begins.

 

The ref blows the half-time whistle!!

44' Zamalek players intensify their trials to restore the balance before the break.. They need more organization inside the pitch

41' Ajayi sent a perfect header to Walid soliman who scored the opener for the Reds after sending a powerful shot from inside the box that left keeper Salah helpless

41' GOAAAAAL for Ahly

33' Another test for Zamalek's keeper Salah who saves a new powerful shot sent by Ahly's playmaker Walid Soliman

30' On the half-hour mark, no goals yet.. Ahly keeps putting pressure on Zamalek.. The Whites still need to be more active

24' Early substitution for Ahly as injury hits the defence line.. Defender Mohamed Nagiub replaces teammate Saad Samir who picked up a muscular strain

20' After 20 minutes, Ahly is getting full control of the match as Zamalek is still away of top form

18' What a chance!! Ahly's wing-back Ali Maaloul sent a clear shot towards Zamalek's goal but rookie keeper Omar Salah saves his net superbly

13' Zamalek's star Shikabala makes the first real threat for his team, but in vain as Ahly's defender Rabia was on target

10' Quick start for the game as both teams share the dominance ,but Ahly players are imposing more threat against the goal

7' Ahly's defender Ahmed fathi recives a yellow card after blocking Zamalek's striker Stanley Ohawuchi

5'  Nigerian Striker Junior Ajayi wastes early chance to score for Ahly. A strong start for the match as expected.

 

The match is underway

 

19:40 Zamalek's rookie goalkeeper Omar Salah to start the match as first choice goalie Ahmed El-Shenawi is out due to injury

19:25 Ahly's coach Hossam El-Badry surprisingly dropped key duo Abdallah El-Said and Hossam Ahsour from the starting line up against Zamalek. Midfield duo Hossam Ghaly and Saleh Gomaa to play from the start.

19:10 On the other hand, Zamalek will be looking for a consolation win on the final day of the season, hoping to capitalise on their recent win against Talae El-Geish in the Egypt Cup quarters on Thursday.

18:50 Another target for the newly crowned champions is to keep their local clean sheet, as Ahly are the only side who haven't suffered any defeat in the domestic league so far.

 

Starting lineups:

 

Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir (Mohamed Naguib 24), Rami Rabia, Ali Maaloul, Hossam Ghaly, Amr El-Sulaya, Moemen Zakareya, Walid Soliman (Abdallah El-Said 63), Saleh Gomaa (Hossam Ashour 80), Junior Ajayi

Zamalek: Omar Salah, Mohamed Nassef, Ali Gabr, Mahmoud Hamdi, Hosni Fathi, Tarek Hamed (Mahmoud Abdel-Aati 'Dunga' 67) , Maarouf Yusuf, Ibrahim Salah, Stanley Ohawuchi, Hossam Salama (Mostafa Fathi 53), Shikabala (Bassem Morsi 75)

 

18:15 Theoretically Ahly will have a good chance in the derby, and will be playing with a full squad.

17:45 A win in Monday's clash will confirm that Ahly is on the right track after winning the domestic league and reaching the Champions League quarters.

17:00 Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has asked the players to beat Ahly as the game is seen as 'special competiton' and he hopes to give the fans something to cheer up after a disappointing season. The Whites are currently third of the table and have been eliminated from the CAF Champions League.

16:00 Zamalek will have to do without both El-Shennawy and Ayman Hefny, who is also injured. Both are key players, as is midfielder Ahmed Tawfik who will miss the game due to an automatic suspension while Ahly will only lose defender Ahmed Hegazy, who is on the verge of joining Premier League side West Bromwich.

15:00 Ahly will have a good chance in the derby, and will be playing with a full squad while Zamalek is far from being on form, and they will have a tough mission against The Red Devils on Monday.

14:00 Probable starting lineups:
Zamalek: Mahmoud Gennish; Mohamed Nasif, Ali Gabr, Mahmoud Hamdy, Hosni fathi; Ibrahim Salah, Tarek Hamed, Maarouf Youssef, Shikabala, Stanley Ohawuchi, Bassem Morsi
Ahly: Sherif Ekrami; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Ali Maaloul; Hossam Ashour, Amr El Sulaya, Abdallah El-Saied, Moemen Zakareya, Junior Ajayi, Amr Gamal

13:30  Zamalek will be looking for a consolation win on the final day of the season, hoping to capitalise on their recent win against Talae El-Geish in the Egypt Cup quarters.

13:00 Ahly search for win against Zamalek to keep their record of clean sheet games, as they are the only side who haven't suffered any defeat in the domestic league so far.

12:00 After securing the domestic league title one month earlier, Ahly will be looking for a morale-boosting victory that will confirm their superiority over their archrivals Zamalek, who also secured an African berth with their third place in the league table.

Venue: Borg El-Arab Stadium (Alexandria)

Referee: William Collum (Scotland)

Teams' ranking in the League's table:

Ahly (Champions with 81 points after playing 33 games)

Zamalek (3rd with 66 points after playing 33 games)

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