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RELIVE: Ahly v Zamalek (Egyptian Premier League)
Published in Ahram Online on 10 - 05 - 2021


Full time: Ahly 1-1 Zamalek
Scorer: Salah Mohsen 73/ Ferjani Sassi 80
The referee blows his final whistle, Ahly and Zamalek share honours in a 1-1 Cairo derby draw. Thanks for following our live updates!
90+4' Alio Dieng shoots high over in virtually the last chance for Ahly.
90+3' Zamalek make a substitution. Zizo makes way for striker Marwan Hamdi.
90+2' A dangerous free kick for Ahly is floated to the back post but Abdel-Shafi clears the danger.
90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time.
85' A tame free kick from Eslam Gaber is handled by Ahly's El-Shennawi. Can any team net a crucial winner in the last five minutes?
82' Zamalek's Mahmoud Alaa is booked for a foul on Afsha.
80' Ferjani Sassi brings Zamalek level with a brilliant curler! A fine move sees Hazem Emam's pass roll into the path of Sassi following a clever dummy from Zizo to send a superb first-timer into the bottom corner past the motionless El-Shennawi.
80' GOOOOOAL FOR ZAMALEK!!
79' Zamalek also make a double substitution. Winger Eslam Gaber replaces the ineffective Youssef Ibrahim and left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi replaces Ahmed Fatouh in a like-for-like substitution.
77' Ahly make a double substitution. Striker Marwan Mohsen replaces Mohamed Sherif and veteran winger Walid Soliman replaces Taher Mohamed Taher.
76' A volley from Tarek Hamed goes high over after some good work from Bencharki.
76' Zamalek's Hazem Emam tries his luck from distance but his effort goes high over.
75' Zamalek pay the price of a dreadful defensive blunder in a crucial stage of the game!
73' Salah Mohsen atones for his miss to put Ahly in front! He breaks clear from the halfway line after a long ball catches Zamalek's defenders off guard to round Awad and slots into the far bottom corner.
73' GOOOOOAL FOR AHLY!!
69' Zamalek make a double substitution. Hamid Ahadad replaces Shikabala and experienced right back Hazem Emam replaces Tunisian Hamza Mathlouthi.
67' Another chance for Ahly! Sherif is fed by Afsha but his shot is blocked by the advancing Awad as Ahly pile on pressure.
66' Mohsen misses the chance to score with his first kick.
66' A goal-scoring chance for Ahly! Salah Mohsen fires over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy after Mahmoud Hamdi loses possession in the area.
64' Ahly make their first substitution. Winger Hussein El-Shahat makes way for Salah Mohsen.
64' Ahly's Sherif tries his luck but his curling shot from the edge of the area goes wide.
63' Ahly are trying to regain control after a period of relative Zamalek dominance.
59' Hamza Mathlouthi sends a poor cross when several Zamalek players are lurking unmarked!
58' A chance for Zamalek! Zizo bamboozles his challenger on the right and sends a cross that Ibrahim flicks to the far post, where Bencharki pops up but volleys it wide.
56' At the other end, Badr Benoun also fails to control a free kick from Afsha.
54' Zamalek's Ibrahim just fails to get on the end of a dangerous low cross from Mahmoud Alaa.
53' Zizo cuts inside and fires a shot that El-Shennawi smothers at his near post.
52' A Shikabala free kick goes straight into the hands of El-Shennawi.
49' Both sides are let down by some inaccurate passes in the final third.
47' A cross from Zamalek's Ahmed Zizo is blocked by Rami Rabia and the ball goes out for a corner.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his halftime whistle
45' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time.
43' Ahly's left-back Ayman Ashraf receives a yellow card for a foul on Shikabala.
42' Afsha ghosts behind the full-back and receives a cross on the left hand side of the area but his tame effort goes straight into the hands of Zamalek keeper Mohamed Awad.
39' Sherif is found by a threaded pass from Afsha but his shot from a tight angle is blocked by the defence as the ball goes out for a corner.
37' It's an evenly-balanced affair so far, with both sides wasting a clear-cut chance apiece.
33' A goal-scoring chance for Ahly! Sherif gets the better of Mahmoud El-Wensh down the right and pulls the ball back to the unmarked El-Shahat, whose low shot narrowly misses the target. El-Shahat wastes Ahly's first real opportunity.
30' Bencharki is fed by Shikabala and he skips past his challenger but the referee stops him in his tracks, signalling for a foul by the Moroccan.
27' Taher's head is bandaged following the injury.
25' Ahly winger Taher Mohamed Taher sustains a head injury following a collision with Zamalek's Hamza Mathlouthi.
24' Ahly are yet to hit top gear as Zamalek control proceedings.
22' Zamalek's Sassi receives a yellow card for a mis-timed tackle on Amr El-Sulaya.
21' What a chance for Zamalek! In a trademark move, Shikabala cuts inside and sends a powerful shot that El-Shennawi parries into the path of Bencharki. The towering keeper also blocks the follow-up effort from Bencharki!
19' Both sides are largely cautious so far!
16' A volley from Zamalek's Tarek Hamed following a defensive clearance is pushed by El-Shennawi for a corner.
13' Both sides are still looking for their first opening. No clear-cut chances so far.
10' A shot from Ferjani Sassi is blocked by Ahly's defence.
9' Sherif is picked out by a long ball from Amr El-Sulaya but he mis-controls it.
8' Unlike last month's derby, Zamalek are pressing their opponents high up the pitch.
7' At the other end, a promising Ahly attack sees Hussein El-Shahat fail to beat Zamalek's left-back Ahmed Fatouh.
6' Ahly defender Rami Rabia makes a a mistake but Zamalek fail to pounce on it! Rabia is robbed in the area and Bencharki gathers the ball. However, the Moroccan opts to skip past his challenger rather than shoot and he is foiled by keeper El-Shennawi.
4' Ahly forward Sherif turns and shoots from the edge of the area but his effort goes wide.
4' At the other end, a cross from Ahly full-back Mohamed Hani is cleared.
3' A dangerous-looking free kick from Zamalek is floated into the area but Shikabala's attempt to control the ball is not successful.
The match is underway
Starting lineups:
Ahly: Mohamed El-Shennawi, Mohamed Hani, Badr Benoun, Rami Rabia, Ayman Ashraf, Amr El-Sulaya, Aliou Dieng, Mohamed 'Afsha' Magdi, Hussein El-Shahat, Taher Mohamed, Mohamed Sherif
Zamalek: Mohamed Awad, Hamza Mathlouthi, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Ahmed Fatouh, Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Ahmed Zizo, Achraf Bencharki, Mahmoud Shikabala, Youssef Ibrahim
20:55 Ahly stick to their favourite line-up of recent matches. Mohamed Sherif, who netted a double in the team's 2-1 win over Zamalek last month, spearheads their attack after being rested in the previous 2-1 victory over Ittihad.
20:50 Zamalek play without an out-and-out striker, with natural deep-lying forward Youssef Ibrahim introduced as the lone frontman. Veteran playmaker Mahmoud Shikabala, who has been in superb form recently, makes the starting line-up.
19:45 The last Cairo derby saw Ahly win 2-1 in the reverse league fixture last month, having outplayed Zamalek in the first half. Zamalek notably improved after the break but could not find a vital equaliser.
18:30 On the other hand French coach Patrice Carteron has yet to decide on whether to field Youssef Obama or deploy Shikabala - who has been in excellent shape recently - in a central role.
17:30 The return of Moroccan defender Badr Benoun - who has been marshalling Ahly's defence since the beginning of the season - and Ayman Ashraf has given a great boost and composure to the team.
16:30 Egyptian referee Amin Omar will be in charge of Monday's Cairo derby between Ahly and Zamalek, while international official Mahmoud Ashour will be the Video Assistant Referee, with Mahmoud Bassiouni as an assistant.
15:30 Both sides have been inconsistent lately, dropping points against modest opponents. Zamalek lead Ahly by four points on top of the league table but the latter still have two games in hand.
14:30 Ahly and Zamalek are suffering the adverse effects of a tight fixture schedule that left them with tired legs. Ahly, who unlike Zamalek are still in the African Champions League, in particular have been the victims of a string of injuries that hit their key players.
13:30 The EFA ignored pleas from Ahly to bring in a foreign referee, taking heart from Mahmoud El-Banna's convincing performance in last month's derby, which was devoid of any glaring refereeing errors.
Referee: Amin Omar
Venue: Cairo Stadium
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