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Ahly's playmaker Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi in action against Talae El Gaish during Egypt's Cup final. Photo: Ahram
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Full time: Talae El-Geish 1-1 Ahly (2-3 on penalties) 
Scorers: Mansi 90+2/ Kahraba 65



Ahly win the Egypt Cup with a 3-2 shootout victory over El-Geish to complete a remarkable treble. Thanks for following our live updates! 

- Ali Maaloul scores the first penalty for Ahly
- Islam Mohareb scores the first penalty for El-Geish

- Amr El-Sulaya scores the second penalty for Ahly
- Nasser Mansi wastes the second penalty for El-Geish

- Badr Benoun scores the third penalty for Ahly
- Khaled Setouhi wastes the third penalty for El-Geish

- Ayman Ashraf wastes the fourth penalty for Ahly
- Mostafa Gamal scores the fourth penalty for El-Geish

- Magdi Afsha wastes the fifth penalty for Ahly
- Hussein El-Sayed wastes the fifth penalty for El-Geish


The referee blows his whistle, we are now heading to penalties! 

120' Kahraba misses another chance from inside the area following a goal-mouth scramble! 

119' Salah Mohsen also goes close! He heads just wide from an Afsha cross. 

117' Kahraba volleys a loose ball high over from a good scoring position! 

115' Kahraba is picked out unmarked in the area but his attempt to chest it down is not successful as El-Zannari intercepts to clear the danger.

112' Kahraba falls under an apparent challenge in the area but the referee waves away his penalty claims. 

110' Mosimane introduces playmaker Nasser Maher and forward Salah Mohsen, both of whom returned from loan spells with Smouha, to revive his attack in the last 10 minutes. 

109' A piledriver from Ahly midfielder Hamdi Fathi narrowly misses the target! 

108' Successive Ahly crosses are cleared by keeper Mohamed Bassam. 


The second half of extra time is underway 

The referee blows his whistle to end the first half of extra time

104' A volley by El-Sulaya goes wide as Ahly lay siege to El-Geish area.

103' Ahly need a creative force to unlock El-Geish defence! 

99' A tame long-range shot from El-Sulaya is gathered by El-Geish keeper Bassam. Ahly are finding it hard to penetrate a watertight defence.

95' El-Geish defend in numbers as Ahly pour forward en masse.

91' El-Geish introduced Mostafa El-Zannari instead of lively striker Amr Gamal. Can they bear an expected pressure from Ahly while playing with ten men?

The first half of extra time is underway 

The referee blows his whistle, we are now heading to extra time! 

90+6' El-Geish defender Ahmed Alaa is red-carded following a high-boot challenge on Marwan Mohsen! Should the match go into extra time, El-Geish will have a mountain to climb. 

90+3' Ahly are expected to intensify their pressure to net a decisive winner in stoppage time, before the match goes into extra time. 

90+2' Substitute Nasser Mansi rises above two markers to head home a right-wing cross after it goes in off the bar.

90+2' GOOOOOOAL FOR EL-GEISH!!

90' Seven minutes to be added as stoppage time. 

89' El-Geish defender Ahmed Alaa receives a yellow card for a foul on Kahraba.

88' A shot from Afsha is blocked by El-Geish keeper following a counter attack. Ahly are very close to winning the Cup! 

86' El-Geish make a substitution. Hussein El-Sayed, an ex-Ahly full-back, replaces Mohamed Nassef. 

84' El-Geish full-back Mohamed Nassef receives a yellow card.

83' Ahly winger El-Shahat is replaced, making way for Akram Tawfik, who returned to Ahly following a loan spell with Gouna.

81' The referee waves away El-Geish appeals after checking the pitch-side monitor. 

79' El-Geish players appeal for a penalty after a free kick strikes the arm of midfielder Hamdi Fathi. 

75' Mohsen rescues Ahly on the other end! An angled free kick looked to be sailing into the net but he makes a last-ditch headed clearance. 

73' Marwan Mohsen misses a sitter for Ahly! He breaks clear after running onto a through ball from Hussein El-Shahat but his low shot is thwarted by the advancing keeper.

72' Kahraba is booked for simulation after he bursts into the area. 

68' El-Geish midfielder Franck Engonga blasts high over following a pull-back on the edge of the area. 

65' Substitute Kahraba scores with his first touch after coming on! He chests a flick from Mohsen to send an angled low shot into the far bottom corner.

65' GOOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!

63' Marwan Mohsen goes close for Ahly! His curling shot on the turn goes just over the crossbar. 

62' El-Geish make their first substitution. Nasser Mansi replaces striker Amr Marei. 

61' Taher is replaced following his head injury, with blood seeping through his wound. He makes way for Mahmoud Kahraba. 

59' A clash of heads leaves Ahly's Taher and El-Geish's Ahmed Alaa needing treatment. 

56' A loose ball falls to Ahly midfielder El-Sulaya on the edge of the area but he blasts it high over. 

54' Ahly are finding it hard to carve out openings. 

50' Ahly defender Ayman Ashraf is booked for a rash challenge on Amr Marei. 

48' Amr Gamal fails to convert a mis-hit cross from close range but he is flagged for offside anyway as El-Geish maintain their rhythm. 

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' Three minutes added as stoppage time. 

41' El-Geish are yet to abandon their brave approach! Can they keep Ahly at bay? 

37' Another good chance for Ahly! Ali Maaloul exchanges passes with Hussein El-Shahat to jink into the area and fire over the crossbar. 

34' A chance for Ahly! Marwan Mohsen toe-pokes a low cross at the near post but his effort is blocked by El-Geish keeper Mohamed Bassam. 

29' A goal-scoring chance for El-Geish! Amr Marei's glancing header from a corner goes just wide. 

27' At the other end, El-Gesih winger Ahmed Samir finds Amr Gamal with a deft through pass but the striker mis-controls it and his attempted pass is cleared for a corner.

26' A floated Ahly cross eludes everyone and goes just wide of the post! 

26' A low cross from Ahly's left-back Ali Maaloul is cleared for a corner as Ahly pile on pressure.

20' Ahly now have the upper hand, with Afsha's tireless runs unsettling El-Geish defence. 

16' Afsha wastes a golden chance to put Ahly ahead! A square pass from Marwan Mohsen finds him unmarked in the area but his tame low shot is saved by the keeper.

14' Ahly playmaker Afsha fires over the crossbar from a tight angle but he is flagged for offside. 

13' Ahly step up a gear and push forward. Can El-Geish maintain their bold scheme? 

10' Ahly are aiming to recover from a slow start. 

8' A goal for El-Geish is disallowed for offside in the build-up! El-Geish make a bold attacking approach. 

5' El-Geish press Ahly high up the pitch in the early stage of the game. 

4' Ex-Ahly striker Amr Gamal receives treatment following an aerial challenge with Benoun. 

2' The towering Badr Benoun makes his first headed clearance following a long ball from El-Geish. 

The match is underway 

Starting lineup:

Talae El-Geish: Mohamed Bassam - Ali El Fiel, Khaled Stouji, Ahmed Alaa, Mohamed Nassef - Ahmed "Zola" Abdel Rahman, Mohanad Lashin, Ahmed Samir, Franck Engonga - Amr Gamal, Amr Marei

Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi, Mohamed Hani, Badr Benoun, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya, Hussein El-Shahat, Magdi Afsha, Taher Mohamed Taher, Marwan Mohsen.


19:30 El-Geish coach Tarek El-Ashri starts with two strikers upfront -- Amr Gamal and Amr Marei. Gamal was a peripheral figure in the semi-final against Zamalek while Marei came off the bench to score the third goal. 

19:30 Ahly coach Mosimane gives a debut to central defender Badr Benoun, who joined from Moroccan side Raja. New arrival Taher Mohamed Taher also starts as a left winger. 

18:30
El-Ashri beat Ahly last time they met in the Cup final when he led Haras El-Hodoud to the tophy in 2010. The military side won the game on penalties 5-4 after a 1-1 draw in regular time.

17:45 Talae El-Geish are expected to be a tough opponent for Ahly as they managed to eliminate topflight teams Pyramids FC and Zamalek from the quarterfinal and the semifinal of the Egypt Cup respectively.

17:00 Ahly are overwhelming favourites to win a record-extending 37th title but El-Geish, who are eyeing their first ever triumph, are no pushovers, given their improvement under coach Tarek El-Ashri.

15:55 In the cup semi-final against Ittihad, Ahly came from behind and scored a trademark late goal, via a header from defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi, to reach the final for the first time in three years.

15:15 South African coach Pitso Mosimane, who took over in October following the sudden departure of Swiss Rene Weiler, has quickly made his mark, introducing an attractive brand of attacking football and tightening up at the back.

14:15 A win over El-Geish would also hand them the Egypt Cup and complete a hat-trick of triumphs, a feat they had not achieved since their treble-winning season in 2005/06 when they were managed by iconic Portuguese boss Manuel Jose.

13:00 The Cairo giants romped to a fifth straight Egyptian Premier League title in September before winning the long-awaited African Champions League title with a dramatic 2-1 victory over bitter foes Zamalek last week.

12:00 Ahly will be eyeing their first treble in 14 years when they meet Talae El-Geish in the Egypt Cup final on Saturday in Alexandria, where a win would cap a perfect season for the mighty Red Devils.

Venue: Borg El-Arab stadium, Alexandria

Referee: Mohamed Hanafy

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