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RELIVE: Zamalek v Ahly (Egyptian Premier League)

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

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Apr 2021
Ahly , Zamalek
Al Ahly's Aliou Dieng in action with Zamalek's Ferjani Sassi REUTERS

Full time: Zamalek 1-2 Ahly
Scorers: Mahmoud Shikabala 31/ Mohamed Sherif 21, 34

The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly claim a precious 2-1 victory over Zamalek in the Cairo derby. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90+5' Bencharki is booked for protesting a refereeing decision. 

90+4' Ali Lotfi blocks a goal-bound header from Mahmoud Alaa!!  

90+4' Zamalek go close with a curling shot from Sassi that is deflected for a corner. 

90+3' Ahly comfortably deal with Zamalek's feeble attempts in the dying minutes. 

90' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time. 

86' Ahly's Ayman Ashraf receives treatment after being hurt in an aerial challenge. 

83' Zamalek make a substitution. Moroccan forward Hamid Ahadad replaces Youssef Ibrahim.

82' Ahly make another double substitution. Veteran winger Walid Soliman replaces Afsha and Akram Tawfik replaces Ahmed Ramadan. 

79' Ahly's full-back Ahmed Ramadan is booked for a challenge on Abdallah Gomaa. 

77' Zamalek make another substitution. Left-back Abdallah Gomaa replaces Ahmed Fatouh in a like-for-like substitution. 

77' A bicycle kick from Ahly defender Badr Benoun goes wide. 

76' Ahly have a chance to hit Zamalek on the break as the White Knights pour forward en masse. 

73' Ahly make a double substitution. Striker Marwan Mohsen replaces two-goal hero Mohamed Sherif and winger Mahmoud Kahraba replaces Taher Mohamed Taher.

72' Zamalek have the better possession as Ahly sit back to protect their lead. 

68' It's now an end-to-end affair as both sides trade punches. 

64' Zamalek's Mahmoud Alaa is booked for a challenge on Nasser Maher. 

63' Ahly make their first substitution. Playmaker Nasser Maher replaces winger Hussein El-Shahat. 

63' A low shot from Youssef Ibrahim is collected by Lotfi after a swift Zamalek move. 

61' Zizo is blocked by two defenders as he tries to connect with a low cross from Bencharki. Zamalek pile on pressure! 

59' Mahmoud Alaa wastes the penalty! His effort down the middle is blocked by Ali Lotfi and Bencharki blasts the rebound high over. 

58' El-Banna points to the spot, deeming that Rabia's challenge on Jaziri warrants a penalty. 


57' Referee Mahmoud El-Banna will check a video replay to see whether Rami Rabia has pushed Jaziri. 

56' Zamalek waste a golden chance! Jaziri is released by a superb chip from Ferjani Sassi but falls in the area amid protests from Zamalek players. 

55' Zamalek have penalty claims waved away by the referee after Zizo tries to head home a cross. 

53' Bencharki weaves his way into the area but his low cross is intercepted by the Ahly defence. 

51' Zamalek push forward but they are yet to threaten Lotfi. 

48' Zamalek full-back Fatouh gives away possession in his own half but a resulting Ahly through pass is cleared by keeper Gennesh after he rushes out in a timely manner. 

47' A low shot from Zizo is collected by keeper Ali Lotfi after some good work from Achraf Bencharki. 

46' Zamalek make a double substitution in the second half. Tunisian forward Seifeddine Jaziri replaces lone striker Marwan Hamdi and winger Ahmed Zizo replaces Shikabala. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time. 

43' A cross from Ahly's Taher is pushed away by Gennesh. 

37' Youssef Ibrahim wastes Zamalek's best chance to equalise again! He fires just wide with the goal at his mercy following a cut-back from Achraf Bencharki. 

34' Sherif restores Ahly's advantage almost immediately with a delightful effort! Zamalek's defence is robbed and Sherif takes advantage with a blistering long-range shot that beats Gennesh. 


31' Shikabala levels the score against the run of play with a brilliant piece of individual skill! In a carbon copy of his strike against Ahly in the Champions League final, he picks the ball on the right, cuts inside his marker and plants a curling shot into the far top corner of the net. 


29' Zamalek defender Mahmoud Alaa makes a timely sliding tackle to block a shot from Taher Mohamed Taher. 

26' Ahly still look comfortable at the back! 

24' Ahly are rewarded for their dominance so far as Zamalek are taken aback. 

21' Mohamed Sherif gives Ahly a deserved lead! He is found unmarked by a pass from Ayman Ashraf in the area to beat keeper Mahmoud Gennesh at his near post with a powerful shot. 


20' Playmaker Magdi Afsha is at the heart of most of Ahly's attempts. 

18' Ahly's Ayman Ashraf, who usually plays as a central defender, is so far doing a great job as a left-back! 

16' Zamalek gain some possession but they are yet to make any impact in the final third. 

13' Ahly are better in the early stages, thanks to a swift passing game. 

12' Another chance for Ahly! El-Shahat is picked out unmarked by a precise long ball from Amr El-Sulaya but fails to make proper contact as the ball goes out for a goal kick. 

9' Two defebders close Ahly's Hussein El-Shahat down as he attempts to shoot a loose ball from inside the area.  

9' Ahly move the ball around smoothly as Zamalek retreat into their own half. 

8' Zamalek leave gaps every time they pour forward! 

5' Ahly launch a swift breakaway, with three against three, but winger Taher Mohamed Taher dithers on the ball and Tarek Hamed robs him in the area. 

4' Zamalek playmaker Youssef Ibrahim just fails to connect with a swerving corner from Achraf Bencharki. 

4' Shikabala wips in a cross for Zamalek but Ahly's right-back Ahmed Ramadan heads it away for a corner. 

1' Ahly create a goal-scoring chance in the first minute! Ayman Ashraf's low cross finds lone striker Mohamed Sherif, who cuts ahead of Mahmoud El-Wensh and sends a sliding effort just wide of the post. 

The match is underway 

Starting line-ups:

Mahmoud "Gennesh" Abdel-Rehim - Hazem Emam, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud "El Wensh" Hamdi, Ahmed Fatouh - Ferjani Sassi, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud "Shikabala" Abdel-Razeq, Youssef "Obama" Ibrahim, Achraf Bencharki - Marwan Hamdi.

Ahly: Ali Lotfi - Ahmed "Beckham" Ramadan, Badr Benoun, Rami Rabia, Ayman Ashraf - Aliou Dieng, Amr El Sulaya, Hussein El Shahat, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi, Taher Mohamed Taher - Mohamed Sherif

20:45 Ahly's Mosimane fields a makeshift defence, with Badr Benoun being the only regular defender. Mohamed Sherif will play as a lone frontman, supported by attacking midfielders Hussein El-Shahat, Taher Mohamed Taher and Magdi Afsha. 

20:40 Zamalek coach Carteron opts to field Marwan Hamdi as a lone striker instead of Tunisia's Seifeddine Jaziri. Veteran winger Mahmoud Shikabala is given the nod on the right flank, ahead of Ahmed Zizo. 

20:00 Both teams arrived at the Cairo Stadium, 90 minutes before kick-off. Line-ups are expected to be announced shortly. 

18:30  Zamalek are in the driving seat for the Egyptian Premier League teams table with 33 points after playing 14 games so far this season, six points over title holders Ahly who played three games less than their rivals.

17:30 All Zamalek's players have tested negative for COVID-19 after undergoing rapid blood tests ahead of the Cairo derby showdown against Ahly.

16:30 Ahly will do without number of their key-players including veteran goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy who tested positive for COVID-19, Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul, right back Mohamed Hani, winger Junior Ajayi and midfielder Hamdi Fathi, due to injuries.

15:15 Probable starting lineups:

Ahly: Ali Lotfi; Ayman Ashraf, Rami Rabia, Badr Benoun, Ahmed "Beckham" Ramadan, Aliou Dieng, Amr El Sulaya, Taher Mohamed Taher, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi, Hussein El Shahat, Mohamed Sherif

Zamalek: Mahmoud Gennesh; Hazem Emam, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Youssef Ibrahim, Achraf Bencharki, Mahmoud Shikabala Marwan Hamdi 

14:00 Egyptian referee Mahmoud El-Banna will take charge of Sunday's Cairo derby for the first time in three years as the country's football federation turned down requests from Ahly and Zamalek to bring in a foreign official.

13:45 Zamalek's elimination left them with only the league as the major honour to fight for and they will be eager to underline their improvement under Patrice Carteron with a much-needed victory over Ahly.

13:25 Ahly, by contrast, extended their Champions League record to nine triumphs in a memorable treble-winning season. They also reached the knockout phase this term while Zamalek suffered a surprise group-stage exit.

12:45 The White Knights conceded a last-gasp goal to lose arguably the most important fixture pitting the perennial rivals, missing out on a Champions League trophy that has eluded them since 2002.

12:00 Zamalek, still licking their wounds following a painful loss to Ahly in the African Champions League final last November, will have a chance to go some way towards erasing that memory as they meet their bitter foes in the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday.


Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:30 Cairo time (GMT+2)


Venue: Cairo's International stadium

Referee: Mahmoud El-Bana


Read the match preview HERE

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