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RELIVE: Ahly v Zamalek (Egyptian Super Cup)

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Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Feb 2020
Ahly vs. Zamalek
File Photo: Zamalek's Ibrahim Hassan shoots at goal as Al Ahly's Hussein El Shahat attempts to block (Photo: Reuters)
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Full time: Ahly 0-0 Zamalek (3-4 on penalties)


Zamalek win 4-3 on penalties to lift the Super Cup trophy for the fourth time! 

- Ali Maaloul scores the first penalty for Ahly
- Mahmoud Alaa scores the first penalty for Zamalek 

- Amr El-Sulaya scores the second penalty for Ahly
- Ferjani Sassi scores the second penalty for Zamalek

- Mahmoud Metwalli scores the third penalty for Ahly 
- Achraf Bencharki wastes the third penalty for Zamalek

- Mohamed Hani wastes the fourth penalty for Ahly 
- Tarek Hamed scores the fourth penalty for Zamalek

- Aliou Badji wastes the fifth penalty for Ahly 


The referee blows his final whistle, we are now heading to the penalty shootout 

90+1' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

90' A Zamalek defender makes a last-ditch interception to thwart Ajayi from close range. 

90' Zamalek's Hazem Emam is lucky to escape a yellow card for an off-ball challenge on Kahraba. 

88' Ahly make their third substitution. Angolan winger Geraldo makes way for defender Mahmoud Metwalli. 

87' A chance for Ahly! A lofted ball finds Kahraba on the left hand side of the penalty area but his side-effort misses the target. 

87' Both sides are struggling to string passes together in the dying minutes.

84' Zamalek make a third substitution. Striker Mostafa Mohamed makes way for veteran winger Mahmoud Shikabala. 

82' Ounajem tries to run onto a through pass from Mostafa Mohamed but Ali Maaloul intercepts to steal the ball. 

80' Both sides make their second substitution. Magdi Afsha makes way for Ahly's new recruit Aliou Badji, a Senegalese striker, while Zamalek's Moroccan winger Mohamed Ounajem replaces Ahmed Sayed.

78' A tame Kahraba effort on the turn is collected by Abou-Gabal. It's a scrappy affair now! 

74' Junior Ajayi receives a yellow card for remonstrating with the referee after Kahraba tussles with Zamalek's Tarek Hamed. 

72' Ahly make their first substitution. Mahmoud Kahraba, an ex-Zamalek winger, replaces Hussein El-Shahat. 

72' Ahly create their best chance in the second half! Geraldo makes a jinking run down the left and whips in a cross for the unmarked Afsha, whose header goes wide. 

70' Zamalek make their first substitution. Left winger Abdallah Gomaa replaces ineffective forward Youssef Ibrahim. 

68' Abou-Gabal palms away a cross from Ahly's Mohamed Hani.

67' Zamalek's central defender Alaa makes a sliding tackle to clear a dangerous low cross, atoning for a mistake by teammate Youssef Ibrahim who loses the ball in midfield. 

64' At the other end, Ahly's right-back Mohamed Hani also drills a low shot that narrowly misses the target. 

63' Sassi creates space for himself on the edge of the area but his subsequent shot is too weak to trouble Ahly keeper El-Shennawi. 

60' A rare slick attempt from Zamalek is blocked by the defence for a corner. 

57' Youssef Ibrahim ruins a promising Zamalek chance after failing to control a threaded pass from Mostafa Mohamed in the area. 

56' Repeated Ahly crosses are cleared by the defence, but clear-cut chances are hard to come by. 

52' Zamalek keeper Abou-Gabal fumbles at a corner but Zamalek's defence clears the danger. 

51' Zamalek defender Mahmoud Hamdi is lucky to escape a yellow card for a reckless challenge on the pacy Geraldo. 

50' Ahly continue from where they left off in the first half, pressing high up the pitch. 

47' Ahly's left-back Ali Maaloul sends a deep free kick into the area but Ajayi heads it wide. 


The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' In a rare Zamalek attempt, a cross from Abdel-Shafi is easily collected by keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi. 

40' Zamalek struggle in the final third whenever they pour forward, with Ahly's defence barely troubled. 

36' Another Zamalek corner also fails to find any forwards in the area. 

36' The first corner for Zamalek is cleared by the defence. 

32' Ajayi attempts to catch out the advancing keeper but he skews his effort wide. 

29' A chance for Ahly! a low shot from Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng narrowly misses the target from the edge of the area.  

27' Ahly playmaker Afsha receives treatment after a challenge from Zamalek's Ferjani Sassi. 

25' Ahly take their time in the build-up to carve out openings. 

22' Ahly dominate possession as Zamalek are pegged back. 

19' Another chancve for Ahly! Geraldo rises unmarked but sends a free header over the bar following a cross from El-Shahat. 

16' Zamalek keeper Abou-Gabal receives treatment for a shoulder complaint.

15' A wayward shot from Geraldo goes wide. 

15' Mahmoud Alaa clears a cross from Ahly's livewire winger Geraldo. 

12' Ahly score but the goal is ruled out for an offside on El-Shahat on the right! 

10' It's Mostafa Mohamed again! He twists and turns on the edge of the area and lets fly but his effort narrowly misses the target. 

9' Zamalek go close at the other end! In their first foray forward, Mostafa Mohamed sends an angled curling shot that goes just wide of the post.

9' A long-range low shot from Amr El-Sulaya is easily collected by Zamalek's Abou-Gabal. 

8' El-Shahat tries to skip past Abdel-Shafi on the right but Zamalek's veteran left-back is on alert this time around to steal possession. 

6' Zamalek's defence gifts Ahly an early chance in an exciting start. 

4' What a chance for Ahly! Junior Ajayi robs Zamalek left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi on the edge of the area and goes clear. His angled shot is blocked by the legs of keeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal and a follow-up effort from Geraldo hits the side netting. 

2' Ahly's Hussein El-Shahat whips in a cross from the right but it goes out for a goal kick. 


The match is underway
 

Starting line-ups:

Ahly:
Mohamed El-Shennawi, Mohamed Hani, Rami Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Ali Maaloul, Aliou Dieng, Amr El-Sulaya, Magdi Afsha, Hussein El-Shahat, Geraldo, Junior Ajayi

Zamalek: Mohamed Abou-Gabal, Hazem Emam, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdi, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Ahmed Sayed, Youssef Ibrahim, Achraf Bencharki, Mostafa Mohamed


18:15 Ahly coach Rene Weiler prefers to field the attacking-minded Mohamed Hani as a right-back instead of the experienced Ahmed Fathi. Upfront, Nigerian Junior Ajayi will spearhead the attack, while Angolan winger Geraldo makes a rare start.

18:10 Zamalek stick to the same line-up which beat Esperance in the African Super Cup. Ahly's starting XI is expected to follow shortly. 

17:00 Supporters from both sides are already arriving at the stadium.

LIVE: Ahly v Zamalek

LIVE: Ahly v Zamalek

16:00 Ahly coach Rene Weiler announced the super Cup match against Zamalek is a very important game and it is totally different than other matches in the Egyptian League and the African Champions League.

15:30 Zamalek boss Patrice Carteron said that his team have had a tough week after returning from Qatar to Egypt then travelling to the UAE, but at the end Zamalek are ready for the important match.

14:30 Ahly will do without Classy winger Ramadan Sobhi for Thursday's clash, as he is yet to recover from a hamstring injury.

13:00 Ahly are the record winners of the Egyptian Super Cup with 11 titles, while Zamalek are looking for the fourth Super Cup title in their history.

11:30 Probable starting lineups:

Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi - Mohamed Hani (Ahmed Fathi), Rami Rabia, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Aliou Dieng, Amr El-Sulaya, Geraldo - Hussein El-Shahat, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi, Junior Ajayi

Zamalek:Mohamed Abo Gabal - Hazem Emam, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh, Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Abdel Shafy- Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Yousef Ibrahim Obama, Ashraf Bencharki, Ahmed Sayed Zizo – Mostafa Mohamed

11:00 Egyptian Premier League holders  Ahly are looking to confirm their superiority against archrival Zamalek, while Cup winners Zamalek will seek revenge against Ahly who defeated the Whites 3-2 last September in the Egyptian Super Cup in Cairo

Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (United Arab Emirates)

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)

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All times are GMT +2 (Cairo local time)

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