RELIVE: Ahly v Zamalek (Egypt's Super Cup)

Ahram Online , Friday 10 Feb 2017

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Friday's match between Ahly and Zamalek in the Egypt's Super Cup game

Ahly v Zamalek
Ahly's Ahmed Hegazy (L) and Zamalek's Bassem Morsi challenge for the ball during an Egyptian Premier League clash on 9 February, 2016 (Reuters)

Penalties: Ahly 1-3 Zamalek

Hossam Ghaly misses for Ahly!! Zamalek the Super Cup champions!!!

Ahmed Refaat scores for Zamalek!!

Saleh Gomaa misses for Ahly!! Gennesh making two saves!!

Osama Ibrahim scores for Zamalek!!

Ahmed Hegazy scores for Ahly!!

Bassem Morsi scores for Zamalek!!

Moemen Zakareya misses for Ahly!!

The referee blows the regular time whistle. We now head to penalties.

89' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Ajayi fails to get a touch onto the ball inside the six-yard box in front the face of goal! Effectively wasting a killer!!

85' Ahmed Refaat comes on in the place of Stanley for Zamalek.

84' Walid Soliman replaced by Karim 'Nedved' for Ahly.

83' Dunga goes into the referee's book after fouling Saleh Gomaa who headed towards the Zamalek defense!

79' An excellent cross from Osama Ibrahim sees Morsi head towards goal but keeper Ekramy collects the ball.

78' The exhausted Ahmed Fathi goes off as skipper Hossam Ghaly replaces him.

75' Both teams look happy now to keep a defensive shape in the closing stages!

70' Second sub for Zamalek as Mahmoud 'Dunga' replaces Maarouf, with Ahly bringing on Saleh Gomaa instead of Abdallah El-Said.

67' Zamalek look over the place after the restart, with Ahly going frequently into the final third!

64' Bassem opts to strike from distance but goes wide..

61' Left-back El-Sayed booked after a rash foul on Mostafa Fathi.

59' Ahly are the dominant side after the break...

56' The first sub in the game, with Mostafa Fathi replacing Mohamed Ibrahim.

55' A strong spell of pressure from Ahly sees Ali Gabr head away from inside his area before El-Said had a strike deflected off Tarek Hamed! 

50' A free kick from Soliman goes wide. Goal-kick!

48' A great through ball from Maarouf sees Stanley run towards the area but eventually the ball goes for nothing!

The second half begins!

45+1 The referee blows the half-time whistle!

42' Bassem Morsi volleys a cross from inside the area but his effort was weak, as the ball was collected by keeper Ekramy!

40' Bassem Morsi cautioned by the ref following a foul on Hussein El-Sayed.

39' A fine team-move from Zamalek ends up with a good cross from Osama Ibrahim that Saad Samir intercepts in time!!

32' El-Said exchanges passes with Ajayi and surges into the area before the threat is eventually cleared by the Zamalek defense!!

30' Zamalek defender Hamdy goes to the ground after a collision with Ajayi, as he is currently receiving treatment.

27' Zamalek wins a free kick down the left!

24' After Zamalek midfielder Maarouf had cheaply lost possession, Ajayi strikes wide from distance!

21' Zamalek fans commemorate the death of the 21 fans who died in the Defense Stadium massacre two years ago in the 21st minute.

18' An organized defensive block from Ahly forces Zamalek needlessly to go for cross distant areas!

14' A short spell of dominance from Zamalek ends up with a frustrating through ball from Maarouf goes out for goalkick!

12' Tarek Hamed hits an ambitious strike from distance!

9' Moemen drifts inside after receiving the ball in space but keeper Gennesh denies his strike!!

7' Play mainly restricted to midfield with both teams cautious..

4' Great ball control from Mohamed Ibrahim but the attack eventually goes for nothing!

2' Ahly start pressing high up the pitch in the early stages!

The match gets underway!

18:00 The national anthems of Egypt and UAE are currently being played. 

17 56 Both teams are now lining up minutes ahead of the game!

17:45 Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry is likely to continue with his favored 4-2-3-1 format, while Zamalek boss Mohamed Helmi will be using a 4-3-3.

Starting lineup:

Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Hani, Saad Samir, Ahmed Hegazy, Hussein El-Sayed, Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour, Walid Soliman, Moemen Zakareya, Abdallah El-Said, Junior Ajayi

Zamalek: Mahmoud Gennesh, Mohamed Nassef, Ali Gabr, Mahmoud Hamdi, Osama Ibrahim, Tarek Hamed, Maarouf Yusuf, Ahmed Tawfik, Bassem Morsi, Mohamed Ibrahim, Stanley Ohawuchi

17:20 Both teams are currently warming up!

17:15 Egypt manager Hector Cuper and his managerial staff are being honored by the game's organizers following their second-place finish in the Africa Cup of Nations.

17:00 More than an hour before the game, both teams' buses have reached the stadium!

16:00 There were reports both sides could rest some of their key players who are worn out after an exhausting Nations Cup campaign in Gabon but Ahly and Zamalek coaches said they would be available for the match, which was originally scheduled to be a season curtain-raiser before being postponed.

15:15 Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has criticised the organisers of the Egypt Super Cup for scheduling the match one week after the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

"The team suffers from the international players' absence in the senior national team and the military team," El-Badry told a pre-game conference in the UAE.

"The international players confirmed their readiness to take part in the Super Cup game against Zamalek, despite their fatigue from participating in the 2017 AFCON," he added.

14:30 Ahly, the record Super Cup winners with nine titles to Zamalek's two, came from behind to earn a 3-2 victory in an exciting clash at Al Ain's Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in October 2015.

Zamalek, who last won the title in 2002, lost to Ahly in three other Super Cup games.

13:00 League leaders Ahly extended the gap over Zamalek to 11 points, although the latter still have two games in hand and will be looking to avenge that loss in Friday's Super Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates for the second time in less than two years.

12:00 Rival fans who cheered on Egypt side by side in an impressive African Nations Cup campaign that ended in disappointment will be on opposing sides when Cairo duo Ahly and Zamalek lock horns in the domestic Super Cup on Friday.

11:30 The Cairo giants meet almost five weeks after Ahly outplayed Zamalek in a 2-0 Egyptian Premier League win just before a lengthy break due to Egypt's Nations Cup participation.

Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (United Arab Emirates)

Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)

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