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Ahram Online , Friday 20 Sep 2019
Ahly v Zamalek
Ahly v Zamalek - Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt - July 28, 2019و Ahly's Walid Soliman in action with Zamalek's Ibrahim Hassan REUTERS
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Full time: Ahly 3-2 Zamalek


The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly win the Egyptian Super Cup for the 11th time with an exciting 3-2 win over Zamalek

90' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time. 

90' Bencharki sends a shot from a tight position into the side netting when a cross could have been more useful as Zamalek pour forward. 

88' Ahly defend doggedly as we approach stoppage time. 

85' Zamalek defender Mahmoud Hamdi receives a yellow card for a rash challenge on Marwan Mohsen. 

84' Ahly make their third substitution. Striker Marwan Mohsen replaces Junior Ajayi. 

82' Zamalek mount an onslaught in the dying stages in a bid to grab the equalizer. 

78' The impressive Mostafa Mohamed is causing Ahly's defence all sorts of problems after coming on. 

77' The match is now hugely exciting as Zamalek threaten to stage a remarkable comeback. 

76' Mahmoud Alaa fires into the same bottom corner to give Zamalek a lifeline.  

75' GOOOOOAL FOR ZAMALEK!!

75' Zamalek are awarded another penalty after Bencharki robs Hamdi Fathi, who trips him in the area. 

75' PENALTY FOR ZAMALEK!

74' Zamalek keeper Awad makes a timely rush out to head the ball away before it reaches El-Shahat as Ahly launch a dangerous counter attack. 

71' Ahly make their second substitution. Yasser Ibrahim is replaced with defensive midfielder Hossam Ashour. 

69' Ahly take their foot off the gas pedal as Zamalek try to gain more possession and pour forward. 

65' Zamalek make their third substitution. Emam Ashour replaces Shikabala. 

64' Mahmoud Alaa fires the spot kick into the bottom corner to pull one back for Zamalek. Can they stage a remarkable comeback? 

64' GOOOOOAL FOR ZAMALEK!!

63' Mostafa Mohamed latches onto a through pass and breaks clear before being tripped by keeper El-Shennawi, who receives a yellow card. 

63' PENALTY FOR ZAMALEK!

60' Ahly defender Yasser Ibrahim is booked for a high-foot challenge on Mostafa Mohamed. 

58' Ahly look close to adding a fourth! Zamalek defenders are chasing shadows. 

54' Zamalek's defensive midfielder Tarek Hamed receives a yellow card. 

51' Ahly are completely outplaying their feeble opponents, who will be hoping not to concede more goals now. 

49' Ajayi strikes again to add the third! Shikabala is robbed down the right and Ramadan Sobhi feeds Ajayi, who swivels between two defenders and beat the keeper with a low shot. 

49' GOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!

46' Zamalek make their first substitution; striker Mostafa Mohamed is introduced. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 


45+4' Zamalek defender Mahmoud Alaa receives a yellow card. 

45+3' A dreadful blunder from Zamalek's left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi allows Hussein El-Shahat to add the second. El-Shahat superbly flicks the ball over Hamdi Nagguez and hits a powerful shot that is palmed away by Awad. While trying to clear the danger, Abdel-Shafi heads the ball across the area for El-Shahat to poke the ball home from close range. 

45+3' GOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!

45+2' Ahly's defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi receives a yellow card. 

45' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time.

44' Ahly remain in firm control as Zamalek find it difficult to carve out openings. 

37' Ahly go close again as El-Shahat heads just wide from an inviting cross. 

34' A flowing Ahly move ends with Afsha firing high over. 

32' A chance for Ahly! Ajayi runs behind the defence to latch onto a through pass from Hussein El-Shahat but keeper Awad rushes out to smother his effort. 

28' Ahly midfielder Amr El-Sulaya tries his luck from distance but his shot goes wide. 

27' A dangerous low cross from Mohamed Abdel-Shafi is cleared by the Ahly defence in a rare foray forward for Zamalek.

26' Ahly are also forced to make an early substitution as the injured Metwalli makes way for right-back Mohamed Hani. 

23' An argument erupts after Shikabala plays on while Ahly defender Metwalli lies injured on the ground. 

19' An inswinging corner eludes everyone and finds Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi, who rifles home into the near post with a powerful shot. 

19' GOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!

19' Ahly spurn another golden chance to go ahead! A cross from right-back Ahmed Fathi finds Afsha unmarked at the far post but the playmaker's shot is blocked by keeper Awad. 

16' Zamalek are still struggling to string passes together as Ahly remain in control. 

14' Another chance for Ahly! A low shot from Afsha narrowly misses the target.

12' A chance for Ahly! Zamalek keeper Mohamed Awad dallies on the ball as Junior Ajayi closes him down. The keeper's poor clearance falls to Hussein El-Shahat, whose weak effort was collected by Awad.

11' Zamalek are defending deep, leaving plenty of spaces for Ahly to operate around the area. 

8' Zamalek make an unscripted substitution; central defender Mohamed Abdel-Ghani makes way for Mahmoud Hamdi after suffering an injury. 

8' A volley from Ahly's Amr El-Sulaya goes high over. 

5' Both sides are roared on by vociferous chants from the 10,000 fans who were permitted to attend the match. 

2' Ahly's Afsha runs towards the area unopposed but his eventual shot is blocked by the defence. 

Starting lineups:

Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi, Ahmed Fathi, Mahmoud Metwalli, Yasser Ibrahim, Ali Maaloul, Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi, Hussein El-Shahat, Ramadan Sobhi, Junior Ajayi

Zamalek: Mohamed Awad, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Mohamed Abdel-Ghani, Mahmoud Alaa, Hamdi Nagguez, Ferjani Sassi, Tarek Hamed, Youssef Ibrahim, Achraf Bencharki, Mahmoud Shikabala, Mohamed Ounajem


18:30 Zamalek play without an established striker while Ahly field a makeshift defence due to injuries.

17:00 Ahly are the record winners of the Super Cup with 10 titles, seven clear of Zamalek. 

Ahly v Zamalek


16:00 Both sides will also meet in another Super Cup at a yet-to-be-determined date after Ahly won the 2019 league title by bridging an eight-point gap with perennial rivals Zamalek, who claimed a consolation by beating Pyramids FC 3-0 in the Egypt Cup final last week.

15:00 Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed to attend the domestic Super Cup clash between Cairo rivals Ahly and Zamalek as each side will be allocated 5,000 seats at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium.

14:00 Ahly will be short of key defender Ayman Ashraf, who is ruled out due to suspension and striker Walid Azaro because of a knee injury.

13:00 German referee Felix Brych, who was in charge of some high-profile matches in European football including the 2017 Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid, will officiate Friday's domestic Super Cup game between Cairo rivals Ahly and Zamalek.

11:00 Traditional rivals Ahly and Zamalek will be looking to make an early statement of intent when they meet in the Egyptian Super Cup in Alexandria on Friday as the new season gets underway.

Venue: Borg El-Arab stadium, Alexandria

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Check the match preview here

All times are GMT +2 (Cairo local time)

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