RELIVE: Zamalek v Ahly (Egyptian Premier League, Cairo derby)

Ahram Online , Friday 5 Nov 2021

Ahram Online is providing a live update coverage of Friday's Cairo derby between Zamalek and Ahly in the 3rd matchday of the Egyptian Premier League

Ahly vs. Zamalek
Ahly vs. Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League

Full time: Zamalek 3-5 Ahly
Scorers: Mostafa Fathi 51, Ahmed Zizo 80 pen, Achraf Bencharki 90/ Mohamed Abou-Gabal 16 o.g, Ali Maaloul 20 pen, 65 pen, Mohamed Sherif 25, Aliou Dieng 53

The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly claim a 5-3 victory in a thrilling and memorable Cairo derby. Thanks for following our live updates!

90' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time. Can Zamalek stage a stunning comeback? 

90' Zamalek narrow the gap to two goals as Bencharki finds the bottom corner on the half-volley after a superb lay-off from Obama.


89' El-Shahat goes close for Ahly! He robs a defender and cuts inside another but his subsequent shot narrowly misses the target.

87' Ahly make their final substitution. Right-back Mohamed Hani replaces Moroccan defender Badr Benoun.

85' Zamalek pile on pressure in the hope of further narrowing the gap. 

82' Ahly make a double substitution. Defender Yasser Ibrahim replaces Ayman Ashraf and winger Taher Mohamed Taher replaces striker Mohmaed Sherif. 

80' GOAL FOR ZAMALEK!! Spot-kick specialist Zizo fires into the top corner of the net after Jaziri is tripped by Ali Maaloul.

78' Penalty for Zamalek! 

77' Ahly toy with Zamalek in a one-sided affair that will go down in history as one of the most remarkable nights for the Red Devils. 

75' A shot from Zamalek's Tarek Hamed narrowly misses the target. 

75' Badr Benoun clears a Zamalek cross as the White Knights seek to score a consolation.

71' Ahly on course to record one their biggest ever Cairo derby victories.

68' Ahly make a double substitution. Winger Hussein El-Shahat replaces Magdi Afsha and Mozambican winger Luis Miquissone replaces Percy Tau. 

66' Zamalek winger Ahmed Zizo is yellow-carded for a reckless challenge on Magdi Afsha. He is lucky to escape a red! 

65' GOAL FOR AHLY! Maaloul converts on the second attempt to make it 5-1. What a dream night for the Red Devils. 

62' Mohamed Sherif scores on the rebound after the penalty is saved but the referee orders it to be re-taken for encroachment. 

62' Zamalek make a double substitution. Tunisian forward Seffedine Jaziri replaces Omar El-Said and winger Mohamed Ounajem is also introduced. 

59' Ahly are awarded another penalty! Mathlouthi's mis-time tackle strikes El-Sulaya and the refere immediately points to the spot. 

58' What a chance for Ahly! A through pass finds Sherif but his shot on the turn is blocked by Abou-Gabal. Zamalek are leaving acres of space at the back. 

53' The impressive Aliou Dieng restores Ahly's three-goal advantage with a curling shot that leaves Abou-Gabal with no chance after a corner is played to him on the edge of the area. 


51' Fathi makes an instant impact, narrowing the gap with a brilliant shot from the edge of the area that nestles into the top corner. 


49' Percy Tau fails to make the most of a breakaway at the other end. 

48' Zamalek create their first real chance! Left-back Fattouh releases Omar El-Said with a through pass but the striker's angled shot misses the target. He should have done better! 

48' Ali Maaloul makes a timely interception to deny an attempted shot from Mostafa Fathi inside the area. 

46' Zamalek make their first substitution. Winger Mostafa Fathi replaces midfielder Emam Ashour. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+1' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time. 

45' Mohamed Sherif just fails to get on the end of a cross from Ahly's right-back Akram Tawfik. 

42' Ahly move the ball around smoothly when they gain possession. 

38' Zamalek striker Omar El-Said receives a yellow card for a challenge on defender Badr Benoun. 

37' A shot from Zizo is blocked by the Ahly defence as Zamalek still struggle for openings. 

34' Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed is yellow-carded for a rash challenge on Amr El-Sulaya. 

32' Zamalek lack spark in the final third, with Ahly's defence easily dealing with their shy attempts. 

28' Zamalek look helpless, failing to string passes together as Ahly look capable of adding more goals. 

25' Mohamed Sherif adds the third as Ahly run riot! A sloppy pass by Zamalek defender Mahmoud Alaa is intercepted and Amr El-Sulaya pounces to whip in a delightful cross with a superb "rabona", with Sherif meeting it with a sliding effort that strikes the body of Abou-Gabal and loops into the net.


24' Zamalek are looking for a response but Ahly are still controlling proceedings. 

20' Spot-kick specialist Maaloul sends the keeper the wrong way from the spot to make it 2-0. What a dream start for the Red Devils! 


18' Ahly's left-back Ali Maaloul is tripped by Zamalek's Hamza Mathlouthi in the area as the referee points to the spot. 


16' Ahly go ahead through a fortuitous goal! Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng creates space for himself on the edge of the area and sends a shot that deflects off a couple of defenders to loop goalwards, strike the bar and bounces off the back of keeper Abou-Gabal and into the net. 


14' At the other end, Ahly's South African forward Percy Tau sends an angled tame shot into the hands of keeper Abou-Gabal.

13' Zamalek's Zizo  tries his luck from distance but his shot goes high over. 

12' Zamalek are awarded a corner after Mathlouthi's cross is blocked by a defender. 

9' Zamalek go close! A swift exchange sees Bencharki collects the ball in the area but his low cross is pushed out by the keeper for a corner. 

7' No threats so far as both sides look for openings. 

4' The corner causes mayhem in the Zamalek area but the defence eventually clears. 

3' Ahly are awarded the game's first corner. 

The match is underway

Starting line-ups:

Zamalek: Mohamed Abou-Gabal; Hamza Mathlouthi, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Fattouh, Tarek Hamed, Emam Ashour, Achraf Bencharki, Youssef Obama, Ahmed Zizo, Omar El-Said 

Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawy; Akram Tawfik, Badr Benoun, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul, Hamdi Fathi, Aliou Dieng, Amr El-Sulaya, Magdi Afsha, Percy Tau, Mohamed Sherif


19:10 Zamalek's Carteron sticks to his usual formation, with striker Omar El-Said getting the nod ahead of Tunisian Seifeddine Jaziri after scoring twice in the opening two league games. Playmaker Youssef 'Obama' Ibrahim is also back to the starting line-up after recovering from an injury. 

19:00 Mosimane restores key striker Mohamed Sherif to Ahly's starting line-up after he made a substitute appearance in the win over NBE Club. He also plays with three central midfielders in Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya and Aliou Dieng. 

17:30 The last Cairo derby ended in a 1-1 draw last May, with Zamalek's Ferjani Sassi scoring a late equaliser. 

16:00 Zamalek were forced to start the new season with the same squad as they suffer from FIFA sanctions over outstanding payments to former players and coaches, while Ahly splashed the cash in the summer transfer window with signing new talented players like South African forward Percy Tau and Mozambican winger Luis Miquissone so coach Carteron has tipped the Red devils to win the anticipated Cairo derby.

15:00 Ahly's international keeper Mohamed El-Shennawy, has been cleared fit for the game after making a quick recovery from a hamstring injury he sustained in mid-October during national team duty against Libya in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

14:00 Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron will count on his two in-form wingers Achraf Bencharki and Ahmed Sayed Zizo, who made superb performances since the start of the season. He is also expected to make use of the cemented defence of midfielder Tarek Hamed and defenders Mahmoud Hamdi El-Wench and Hamza El-Mathlouthi to isolate Ahly's frontlines.

13:00 Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane is expected to start the game with (4-2-3-1) formation to make use of striker Mohamed Sherif, who notched the victory over NBE Club this week, alongside newly signed Percy Tau, Hussien El-Shahat and Mohamed Afsha in the frontline.

12:00 The two teams made a strong start in the league, both claiming two victories without conceding any goals as Ahly defeated Ismaily 4-0 and NBE Club 1-0, while Zamalek beat both Enppi and Talae El-Geish 2-0.

Venue: Cairo International Stadium

Referee: Mohamed Adel

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