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RELIVE: Ahly v Masry (Egyptian Super Cup)
Published in Ahram Online on 12 - 01 - 2018

Full time: Ahly 1-0 Masry
The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly win their 10th Egyptian Super Cup title!
120+2' Ahly make their final substitution, Abdallah El-Said is replaced with winger Karim Walid.
120' A goal for Ahly is disallowed for offside! the linesman raises his flag after Zakareya sweeps home following a pass from Azaro.
118' Ahly keeper El-Shennawi rushes out to thwart a Masry attack, although his action seems needless as three defenders were well-positioned!
114' An overhead kick from Abdallah El-Said strikes the bar! Ahly look close to adding a second.
113' Another goal-scoring chance for Ahly wasted by Zakareya! He heads wide from six yards out!
111' Masry are still unable to push forward and try to equalise.
108' Masry make a substitution. Walid Hassan is replaced with Issouf Ouattara.
108' Moemen Zakareya spurn a golden chance! He is fed by Azaro after some brilliant individual work from the Moroccan but he blasts over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
106' A curling shot from Moemen Zakareya is easily saved by Massoud.
The second half of extra time is underway
The referee blows his whistle, we are now heading to the second half of the extra time
105' Ahly look capable of doubling their advantage as Masry's defence unravels.
103' Ahly take the lead from an unlikely source!
102' A terrible mistake from keeper Massoud gifts Ahly the opener!! He tries to round Azaro but the Moroccan striker robs him and fires home into an empty net!
97' Ahly make their second substitution, Junior Ajayi is replaced with attacking midfielder Islam Mohareb.
93' Ahly are moving the ball around, trying to pinpoint any gaps in a steadfast backline.
The first half of extra time is underway
The referee blows his whistle, we are now heading to extra time!
90+3' Successive corners from Ahly are cleared by the Masry defence in the dying minutes.
90+1' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time.
89' A mix-up between Ahly keeper El-Shennawi and defender Saad Samir gifts Masry a rare chance but the Port Said-based club fail to take advantage.
88' A header from Azaro is collected by the keeper. Ahly still have the upper hand but they are unable to create goal-scoring chances.
85' El-Said's low shot goes wide from the edge of the area.
83' Ahly make their first substitution. Winger Moemen Zakareya, who will join Saudi club Ahli Jeddah following the match, replaces Walid Soliman.
83' Masry keeper Massoud rushes out in a timely manner to gather a long ball before it reaches Walid Soliman.
79' Ahly's set-pieces specialist Abdallah El-Said blasts a free kick high over.
76' Little less than 15 minutes remaining and Masry are still holding firm.
73' Abdallah El-Said connects with a low cross from Ahmed Fathi but his inaccurate shot is easily cleared by the Masry defence.
72' Masry make their first substitution. Amr Moussa replaces winger Ahmed Shoukri.
70' Angry whistles from the Ahly fans as Masry's Ahmed Gomaa receives treatment on the pitch. The crowd is accusing Masry of time-wasting tactics.
68' Masry are throwing men behind the ball as Ahly intensify their pressure.
65' Masry remain loyal to their cautious strategy.
63' Ahly's Walid Soliman tries his luck from distance but his effort goes wide.
60' Ahly's central defender Ayman Ashraf volleys high over after Masry's backline fails to clear a cross.
59' Ahly are stepping up a gear. Will Masry be able to contain their attacks for the remainder of the half?
57' Ahly's Moroccan striker Azaro is booked for simulation after rounding the keeper following a threaded pass from Junior Ajayi!
54' Ahly defender Saad Samir is booked for a wild challenge on Masry's Farid Shawky.
51' Masry's Walid Hassan is getting treatment after being challenged by Ahmed Fathi.
49' A deep free-kick from Masry is easily cleared by the Ahly defence.
46' Masry almost score an own goal! A mis-hit clearance by Farid Shawky following a low cross from Azaro is saved by the Masry keeper.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his halftime whistle, Ahly 0-0 Masry
45+1' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time.
45' Masry are making life hard for Ahly. They are likely to play with the same defensive strategy in the second half.
41' Ahly are trying to carve out openings but Masry are still holding firm.
38' Ahly's attempts are cut short by a watertight Masry defence.
35' El-Shennawi and Masry's Mohamed Grindo are receiving treatment after an aerial challenge.
34' Ahly keeper El-Shennawi punches away a dangerous free-kick from Masry.
31' A tame low shot from central midfielder Amr El-Sulaya is easily collected by the Masry keeper.
30' Masry remain cautious, sitting back to deal with a wave of Ahly attempts, although clear-cut chances are still scarce.
27' What a chance for Ahly! Azaro just fails to connect with a Maaloul cross after being picked out unmarked. Abdallah El-Said also fails to control it at the far post with the goal gaping.
25' A cross from the lively Maaloul causes mayhem in the area but the Masry defence eventually clears the danger.
23' It's a tough and physical battle so far.
21' Ahly's right-back Ahmed Fathi is booked for catching an opponent with a flailing arm.
20' Masry's defenders are struggling to cope with the pace of Moroccan striker Walid Azaro, resorting to fouls to stop his threat.
17' A swiveling free-kick from Ahly's Tunisian left-back Ali Maaloul finds Abdallah El-Said but the playmaker fails to control it.
16' Masry's left-back Mohamed Hamdi receives a yellow card for a crude challenge on Walid Soliman down the right.
15' A chance for Ahly at the other end! A low cross from Walid Azaro eludes two defenders but goes begging as Abdallah El-Said fails to get on the end of it!
12' A chance for Masry! Karim El-Araqi rises unmarked following a free-kick from Islam Eissa but his header goes straight into the hands of Mohamed El-Shennawi.
10' A fine move from Ahly! Walid Soliman holds off his challenger down the right and feeds Abdallah El-Said, who lays off the ball to Ahmed Fathi but the right-back's left-foot volley misses the target.
8' A Masry free-kick is floated into the area but a header from Burkinabe defender Mohamed Koffi goes high over.
7' Ahly are roared on by their passionate crowd at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.
5' A swift give-and-go by Ahly's forwards is intercepted by the Masry defence.
3' A long ball from Masry is cleared by advancing keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, who overtook Sherif Ekramy as Ahly's number one keeper.
2' Will Masry sit back to soak up pressure from the mighty Ahly? We will see!
The match is underway
17:45 Players are back in their dressing rooms minutes before the start of the game.
17:15 Starting lineups:
Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi – Ahmed Fathi, Ayman Achraf, Saad Samir, Ali Maaloul – Hossam Achour, Amr El-Sulaya, Abdallah El-Said, Junior Ajayi, Walid Soliman – Walid Azaro.
Masry: Ahmed Massoud - Mohamed Koffi, Mohamed Hamdi, Karim Iraqi, Ahmed Abdel-Mawgoud - Farid Shawqi, Ahmed Shoukri, Walid Hassan, Eslam Issa - Mohamed Grindo, Ahmed Gomaa.
17:00 The players are on the pitch to start their warm up ahead of the game.
16:00 Ahly are the record Egyptian Super Cup winners with nine titles. Masry have never appeared in the competition, which was inaugurated in 2001.
15:00 Masry are missing Burkinabe towering striker Aristide Bance, who went AWOL for the second time this season, saying he had to leave Egypt for family reasons.
14:00 Ahly will need to address their shortage of options in defence after Rami Rabia was ruled out of the Masry game because of an injury he sustained against Zamalek.
Saad Samir, the other regular defender, is also out, leaving El-Badry with little options. The manager is likely to field versatile midfielder Mohamed Hani in the centre along with natural left-back Ayman Ashraf.
13:00 Masry were knocked out of the Egypt Cup this season but are having a fine run in the domestic league, lying third with 30 points from 17 matches, nine behind Ahly.
12:00 Ahly are buoyed by their recent 3-0 Cairo derby win over Zamalek which briefly lifted them to the league summit before Ismaily regained their position on top with a 3-2 win over Nasr on Tuesday, although Ahly still have a game in hand.
11:30 Ahly are hoping to mark the start of what they hope will be a "great year" by beating bitter rivals Masry in the Egyptian Super Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.
Venue: Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium - Alain Club (UAE)
Referee: Amar Al Geniby (UAE)
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