RELIVE: Ahly v Zamalek (Egyptian Premier League)

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Jun 2022

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Sunday's match between Ahly and Zamalek in a postponed game from week 20 of the Egyptian Premier League

Ahly v Zamalek

Full time: Ahly 2-2 Zamalek ​

Scorers: Mohamed Sherif 12, Salah Mohsen 80/ Achraf Bencharki 68, Mahmoud Shikabala 76

The referee blows his final whistle to end an exciting derby with a 2-2 draw! Thanks for following our live updates. 

90+6' A chance for Zamalek! Nabih's powerful volley is blocked by El-Shennawi. 

90+4' Ahly playmaker Afsha goes close with a curling free kick that narrowly misses the target! 

90+1' What a chance for Zamalek! Emam Ashour strikes the bar with a powerful, angled shot after being picked out by a cross from Shikabala.  

90' The referee adds six minutes of stoppage time. 

89' Gaafar is booked for a challenge on Ahly's Sherif. 

87' Zamalek make a substitution. Young midfielder Seif Gaafar replaces Bencharki. 

83' Ahly make a substitution. Ali Maaloul is replaced for Mahmoud Wahid. 

82' Ahly intensify their pressure to secure a precious win in the dying minutes. 

81' What an exciting second half, which stands in stark contrast to a bore first period! 

80' Two substitutes combine to restore parity! Taher whips in a cross from the left to find Salah Mohsen at the far post to head home. Awad pushes it away after it crosses the goal-line. 


78' Ahly make a double substitution. Winger Taher Mohamed and forward Salah Mohsen are introduced instead of Ahmed Abdel-Kader and right-back Mohamed Hani. 

76' Zamalek turn the game on its head! Shikabala slots into an empty net at the far post after a low cross from substitute Youssef Nabih, who made a marauding run down the left, finds him. 


74' A tame shot from Zamalek midfielder Ashour is easily collected by Ahly keeper El-Shennawi. 

74' After initially making some bold substitutions, Zamalek coach Ferreira revert to three at the back after grabbing the equaliser. 

72' Zamalek make a substitution. Young defender Hossam Abdel-Meguid replaces winger Zizo.

71' What a chance for Ahly! A cross is pushed by keeper Mohamed Awad to the path of midfielder El-Sulaya, who turns and shoots high over with the goal gaping.

68' Moroccan winger Bencharki brings Zamalek level, rising between two markers to head home following a teasing cross from substitute Shikabaka. 


66' Zamalek make a double substitution. Moroccan winger Mohamed Ounajem replaces Sayed Abdallah and youngster Youssef Nabih replaces 

 66' Zizo tries his luck from the edge of the area but his shot goes over the crossbar.

63' Ahly make a second substitution. The injured Fathi makes way for versatile defender Mahmoud Metwalli. 

60' Ahly's defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi looks to have aggravated an injury! 

57' It's an evenly-balanced affair in the second half so far, but there are no real threats at either end! 

53' A wayward shot from Ahly playmaker Magdi Afsha goes wide. 

51' An Ahly corner is flicked at the near post but no player connects with it at the other post. 

47' Bencharki just fails to get on the end of a low Zamalek cross! 

46' Both sides make a substitution. Ahly winger Hussein El-Shahat replaces South African forward Percy Tau and Zamalek's veteran schemer Mahmoud Shikabala replaces striker Omar El-Said. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds one minute of stoppage time. 

43' The first chance for Zamalek! Zizo sneaks into the area after a give-and-go with youngster Sayed Abdallah but his angled shot goes over the crossbar. 

39' A pull-back from Ahly's left-back Ali Maaloul finds Sherif but his side-footed effort is blocked by the defence. 

37' Two corners from Zizo are cleared by Ahly's defence. 

35' Ahly are barely troubled in midfield as Zamalek retreat. 

31' A powerful shot from Ahly forward Percy Tau is blocked by Zamalek's defence. 

28' After some good work for Bencharki, he weaves his way down the left and sends in a cross that El-Shennawi pushes straight towards the path of Omar El-Said, who fails to pounce.

28' A promising chance for Zamalek ends with an appeal for a penalty after a challenge on Emam Ashour but the referee waves play on! 

25' A shot from Zizo goes straight into the hands of Ahly keeper El-Shennawi, who is still untroubled! 

22' A corner from Zamalek's Zizo goes begging! 

19' Zamalek are yet to abandon their cautious strategy despite falling behind. 

16' Another chance for Ahly! A shot is deflected by the defence into the path of lurking winger Ahmed Abdel-Kader, whose low effort forces a fine save from Zamalek keeper Mohamed Awad. 

15' Zamalek look off-balance in the first quarter of an hour as Ahly control proceedings. 

12' A terrible defensive mistake gifts Ahly the opener! Zamalek's central defender Mohamed Abdel-Ghani inexplicably heads the ball towards Mohamed Sherif while trying to clear a long ball, with the striker easily volleying home past the keeper from eight yards out. 


11' The attempts of both sides remain shy! 

8' Zamalek make a cautious start, with Ahly in control of possession. 

5' In Zamalek's first effort, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi sends in a deep free kick but Bencharki's mis-hit volley goes wide. 

5' Ahly push forward from the early stages. 

3' Ali Maaloul's ensuing corner goes out for a goal kick! 

2' Right-back Mohamed Hani whips in Ahly's first cross but the defence clears. 

The match is underway

Starting line-ups:

Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi, Mohamed Hani, Yasser Ibrahim, Rami Rabia, Ali Maaloul, Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulaya, Ahmed Abdel-Kader, Percy Tau, Magdi Afsha, Mohamed Sherif 

Zamalek: Mohamed Awad, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Mohamed Abdel-Ghani, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, Mohamed Ashraf, Emam Ashour, Abdallah Gomaa, Sayed Abdallah, Ahmed Zizo, Achraf Bencharki, Omar El-Said 

19:05 Ahly play with Mohamed Sherif as a lone striker, supported by three attacking midfielders in Ahmed Abdel-Kader, Magdi Afsha and Percy Tau. 

19:00 Zamalek play with a 3-4-3 formation that features youngster Sayed Abdallah as a right wing-back and Abdel-Shafi as one of three central defenders. 

18:35 Ahly confirmed that Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng and left-back Ayman Ashraf have not passed a fitness test and will thus miss tonight's derby. 

18:30 Ahly's caretaker coach Sami Komsan is unlikely to make any surprises in his selection, especially following the return from injury of several key players.

17:30 Zamalek coach Ferreira is likely to deploy a much-changed line-up due to the absences. He is expected to introduce a 3-4-3 formation, with veteran left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi playing alongside central defenders Mahmoud El-Wensh and Mohamed Abdel-Ghani at the back. 

16:25 Zamalek will be missing right-backs, Hazem Emam and Tunisian Hamza Mathlouthi. Also midfield key star Tarek Hamed won't be available due to injury, meanwhile defender Mahmoud Alaa is out due to automatic suspension. Defender Mohamed Abdel-Ghani is ready to boost the team's defence line.

16:05 Coach Komsan received some good news as the Reds were boosted by the return from injury of several key players ahead of the game, including Tunisian left-back Ali Maaloul and midfield duo Amr El-Sulaya and Hamdi Fathi.

16:00 Ahly will be missing the services of central defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim, who was a key member of an Egypt side that reached the African Nations Cup final earlier this year. There are also doubts over the fitness of Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng.

15:40 In their last game on Monday, Zamalek needed an extra time to reach Egypt Cup last 16 with a 2-1 win over second-division side Dakhleya after producing another humble performance.

15:00 Ferreira also is struggling to fill some gaps as Zamalek is suffering from shortage of options after being hit with a FIFA transfer ban last summer.

13:55 On the other side, Zamalek is suffering from some problems too after some shaky performances this term, despite the arrival of veteran Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira, who led them to a rare domestic double in 2015.

13:15 After 22 games of the domestic competition, Zamalek lead the league table with 44 points from 20 matches, one point behind second-placed Pyaramids FC who played one game more. Ahly is in third place with 40 points, but from 17 matches played so far.

12:45 Last November, Ahly defeated Zamalek 5-3 in the first round of the domestic competition at Cairo's International Stadium without fans.

12:15 "Leading Ahly for even one game is a big honour and a big responsibility on my shoulders, but my entire focus is on successfully passing this important period," Komsan said.

11:45 Under the guidance of interim coach Sami Komsan, who was Mosimane's assistant, Ahly secured a convincing victory, crushing bottom side Eastern Company 4-1 for their second straight Egyptian Premier League win on Wednesday.

11:00 A victory on Sunday will put Ahly in pole position to restore the Egyptian Premier League title back from holders Zamalek

10:50 Mosimane surprisingly left the club by mutual consent on Monday after a highly-successful 20-month spell, in which the club won two back-to-back African Champions League crowns, one Egypt Cup and two Club World Cup bronze medals among other minor accolades. 


10:30 Ahly will face their archrivals Zamalek in the Cairo derby at Al-Salam Stadium on Sunday, in the first real test for the Reds after the recent departure of their South African coach Pitso Mosimane.

Venue: WE Al-Ahly Stadium

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero (Spain)

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