Egypt’s Ahly player Abdallah el-Saeed (R) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal (AFP)
Ahram Online has collected reactions from players and technical staff members following Ahly’s 3-0 win over rivals Zamalek in the Egyptian Premier League round of 17 game on Monday.
In a thrilling show, Ahly had the upper hand early in the third minute thanks to Moemen Zakareya’s goal. Zamalek kept possession the whole game, forcing Ahly to defend and play on counter attacks.
Zamalek striker Bassem Morsi wasted a precious penalty in the 31st minute before Ahly scored one in the 42nd by Abdullah El-Said.
The second half drama peaked with Walid Azaro's third goal for the Reds in the 53rd minute. Zamalek still kept position with no real threat for Ahly, who used the counter attacks very well.
Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry
"We gave possession to Zamalek and we relied on the counters, which were very effective. I am very happy with the win; [we] played a good game."
Egypt’s al-Ahly head coach Hossam el-Badry (AFP)
Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed Elshennawy
"I was lucky to save Bassem Morsi's penalty. I knew he was going to kick it in that side."
"The best is yet to come. The team is doing their best to win the title and please the fans."
Ahly's mohamed El-Shenawy (Reuters)
Ahly defender Rami Rabea
"I am happy with the victory over Zamalek. The team did their best to win the game. It was good preparation for the Egypt Super Cup [game against Masry on Friday in the UAE]."
"Unfortunately, I will not be able to play in the Super Cup because of the hamstring injury I sustained during the game, but I trust in my teammates' abilities to win the game."
Ahly's Ramy Rabia in action with Zamalek's Basem Morsi (Reuters)
Ahly assistant coach Ahmed Ayoub
"Zamalek games are like a special championship in itself. We earned a big victory and missed chances too. I thank the players, but now all we need to focus on is the Super Cup,"
"This is the tax of working for a great club like Ahly. You only get like five minutes to celebrate a victory before focusing on the next challenge."
Ahly assistant coach Ahmed Ayob (Photo: alahlyegypt.com)
Zamalek coach Ehab Galal
"The wasted penalty was a turning point in the game. But the players did what is demanded of them and I take responsibility for the defeat," said the coach, who was appointed only two days before the Cairo derby.
Zamalek coach Ehab Galal (Reuters)
Zamalek Chairman Mortada Mansour
"Ehab Galal is a good coach. The situation will be different in the second round,"
"Ahly weren't that tough. We lost the game due to players' individual mistakes. Many players will be sold soon, as they are to blame for the defeat."
Zamalek's chairman Mortada Mansour (Reuters)
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