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RELIVE: Ahly v Zamalek (Egyptian Premier League)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Sunday's match between Ahly and Zamalek in the final matchday of the Egyptian Premier League

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Ahly vs Zamalek
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Full time: Ahly 1-0 Zamalek

The referee blows his whistle, Ahly claim a 1-0 derby win on the final day of the season 

90+5' Zamalek's Ahmed Sayed receives a straight red card for pushing the referee. 

90+2' Sassi receives a yellow card for arguing with the referee. 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

89' A free header from Zamalek's Sassi is collected by El-Shennawi. 

84' Ahly's Maaloul receives a yellow card. 

83' Ahly make their third substitution. Ahmed Fathi replaces Mohamed Hani. 

81' Zamalek make their third substitution. Ibrahim Hassan makes way for Hamid Ahaddad. 

81' Ahly's Ajayi receives a yellow card. 

78' What a chance for Ahly!! Ramadan Sobhi runs half the length of the pitch, holds off two challengers and squares the ball for Saleh Gomaa whose sliding effort misses the target with the goal at his mercy.

77' Ahly are yet to take advantage of numerous counter attacks as Zamalek push forward. 

72' Ahly also make a substitution. Junior Ajayi replaces Hussein El-Shahat. 

71' Zamalek make another substitution. Mohamed Ibrahim makes way for veteran playmaker Ayman Hefni. 

71' A shot from Ibrahim Hassan goes over the bar after he runs towards the area unopposed. 

69' Ahly make their first substitution. Playmaker Saleh Gomaa replaces Walid Soliman. 

68' A chance for Zamalek! Abdallah Gomaa latches onto a through pass in the left hand side of the area but his shot hits the side netting. 

65' Ahly score against the run of play following a goalkeeping mistake. Can Zamalek level the score? 

61' Zamalek squander a chance to equalise! A quickly-taken free kick releases Mohamed Ibrahim but his weak effort is saved by El-Shennawi's legs. 

59' A blunder by Zamalek keeper Emad El-Sayed costs them! A tame free-kick from Walid Soliman is fumbled by El-Sayed and Ali Maaloul pounces to drill home with his left foot. 


57' Sassi sends another astute through pass but El-Shennawi gathers the ball before it reaches El-Said. 

56' It's a game to forget! Similar to their March meeting which was also dull. 

52' Ahly are still struggling to carve out any openings. 

47' Zamalek spurn another golden chance to go ahead!! Nagguez runs to the byline after a through pass and sends in a low cross that is palmed by El-Shennawi into the path of Omar El-Said, who blasts high over with the goal gaping. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+4' Ahly defender Ayman Ashraf is also booked for fouling Ahmed Sayed to stop a counter attack. 

45+3' Zamalek playmaker Mohamed Ibrahim receives a yellow card for stepping on Hamdi Fathi. 

45+1' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

45' Both sides are let down by too many mis-placed passes. 

39' Zamalek make their first substitution; Alaa makes way for Mahmoud Hamdi. 

37' It looks like Zamalek defender Mahmoud Alaa won't be able to continue after an aerial collision with Rami Rabia. 

34' Although Ahly have the better possession, Zamalek look the more dangerous side so far. 

28' Zamalek waste their second goal-scoring chance! Ahmed Sayed escapes his marker and connects with a fine cross from Hamdi Nagguez but heads just wide. 

26' A bore affair needs something to liven it up! 

22' A shot from Ahly's Hussein El-Shahat from a tight angle hits the side netting. 

20' It's still an evenly-balanced game, with Ahly maintaining their pressing upfield. 

16' A free-kick from Ali Maaloul is cleared by the Zamalek defence. Ahly are still looking for their first chance. 

12' Zamalek's Mohamed Ibrahim, who looks lively tonight, muscles his way on the left and runs to the byline but his cut-back is intercepted. 

10' At the other end, a shot from Walid Soliman goes wide of the post.

9' A shot from Zamalek winger Ibrahim Hassan goes just wide! 

7' Zamalek waste their first chance!! A superb threaded pass from Ferjani Sassi releases Mohamed Ibrahim but goalkeeper El-Shennawi rushes out in a timely manner to make a sliding tackle and clear the danger. 

5' A through pass to Zamalek striker Omar El-Said is intercepted by Ahly's in-form full-back Ali Maaloul. 

2' Ahly are pressing Zamalek high up the pitch in the early minutes. 

The match is underway 

Starting line-ups:

Mohamed El-Shennawi, Mohamed Hani, Rami Rabia, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya, Hussein El-Shahat, Walid Soliman, Ramadan Sobhi, Walid Azaro 

Zamalek: Emad El-Sayed, Hamdi Nagguez, Mohamed Abdel-Ghani, Mahmoud Alaa, Abdallah Gomaa, Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Ahmed Sayed, Mohamed Ibrahim, Ibrahim Hassan, Omar El-Said 

20:15 Ahly stick to the line-up which featured in the 2-1 victory over Arab Contractors. Zamalek also field the same side which beat Ismaily 3-1 in their previous match. 

17:30 Ahly coach Martin Lasarte, who has been appointed in January, is seeking to get his first Cairo derby victory as the first leg game ended into a scoreless draw.

16:30 Zamalek will be missing several key players for this game: Keeper Gennesh is injured, talented winger Kahraba has gone AWOL, forward Youssef Obama is suspended and striker Khaled Boutaib is still injured.

15:30 "Coach Galal asked the players to put the league loss behind them and focus consoling their fans by winning the coming game against Ahly," Zamalek said on their official website.

14:30 There is at least some room for consolation, however, when Zamalek meet Ahly at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium. Last season, Zamalek defeated the Red Devils 2-1 when the latter were already crowned champions.

14:00 Zamalek have only themselves to blame after a series of disappointing results in the second half of the season, including two consecutive draws in the final stage after they opted not to renew the contract of Swiss boss Christian Gross, handing the reins to rookie coach Khaled Galal instead.

12:45 Ahly won the premier domestic competition for the fourth successive season on Wednesday after easily beating Arab Contractors 3-1, completing a remarkable comeback after they were written off by many at the halfway stage after falling eight points behind their rivals.

12:00 Demoralized after allowing Ahly to snatch the Egyptian Premier League title from under their noses, Zamalek will be looking to restore their pride when they meet their foes in the Cairo derby on the final day of the season on Sunday.


Venue: Borg El-Arab stadium, Alexandria

Referee: Ferenc Karako (Hungary)

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