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Ahly's Super Cup triumph not because of goalkeeping blunder, says El-Badry

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Jan 2018
Hossam El-Badry
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Ahly's Egyptian Super Cup triumph was fully deserved and was not because of a blunder by Masry goalkeeper Ahmed Massoud, the Red Devils' coach Hossam El-Badry said on Friday.

An error by Massoud in the first half of extra time allowed Moroccan striker Walid Azaro to score a winner and give Ahly a 10th Super Cup title.

After receiving a back pass from a defender, Massoud needlessly tried to round Azaro, who robbed him and lashed into an empty net to send the Ahly fans into raptures at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

The 26-year-old wept copiously after the final whistle and was consoled by teammates and opponents alike. 

El-Badry said Ahly were in total control of the game and that their incessant pressure was the main reason Massoud made that mistake.

"Masry relied on a zone defence and all the attacking attempts were made by us. I do not recall any single attempt from Masry," El-Badry told the post-match news conference.

"We had many chances throughout the match and the result does not really reflect our dominance tonight. We were much better and our pressure led to the goal we scored."

 Friday's win is Ahly's fifth Super Cup triumph in the last six seasons.

It was also Ahly's second extra-time win over Masry in the space of five months after the Cairo giants came from a goal down to score two goals at the death and win the Egypt Cup title last summer.  

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