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Live Commentary: Zamalek vs Ahly
Follow minute-by-minute commentary of the Cairo derby between Zamalek and Ahly live right here. Kick off will commence at 18:00 Cairo time.
Al Ahly managed to defeat Zamalek 1-0 the last time the teams faced each other in the league, courtesy of an own-goal scored by Zamalek midfielder Ahmed Tawfik.
Mohamed Salah will be looking to keep his winning streak with Zamalek in his fourth game as the first team manager, while Juan Carlos Garrido will be hoping for three points to lift his team up the table. Zamalek’s last win over Al Ahly was on the 21st of May 2007 with goals from Tamer Abdel-Hamid and Gamal Hamza. Since then however, Zamalek have failed to beat Al Ahly in 19 encounters in all competitions, with eight of those ending as draws.
Garrido will fancy proving his worth as the manager of Al Ahly and will look to defeat the Whites for a second time after his Egyptian Super Cup victory, which was taken to penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw between the 2 teams in regular and extra time.
Check both team’s staring XI in the tweets linked below.
Al Ahly XI: Awad; Ali, Samir, Naguib, Rahil; Ashour, Rizk; Trezeguet, El-Saied, Soliman; Meteb. #KF_Derby
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) January 29, 2015
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) January 29, 2015
Zamalek players are out on the pitch and are currently warming up.
Missed today’s media headlines? Check them all in our “Derby fever” article right here.
1 minute to kick off.
Following this game, Zamalek will have one more match with no fans, while Ahly will have 2 left.
1′ – We’re underway at the Air Defence Stadium!
1′ – WHAT A START! Ayman Hefny dribbles for 50 yards and takes a shot from outside the box that nearly went in!
4′ – Omar Gaber closing down Ahly wingers at the left on two occasions. Great defending from Omar.
6′ – Foul, Ahmed Eid tackles Trezeguet near the corner flag. Referee talking very firmly to Eid and awards him the games first yellow card.
7′- Ball played into the are but Zamalek defence clears it.
9′- Counter attack for Ahly after Hazem Emam loses the ball in midfield, Trezeguet runs for 30 meters, cuts in, shoots, but it’s deflected into a corner by Aly Gabr.
10′- Shenawy jumps to catch the crossed ball calmly.
11′ – A Brilliant Ahmed Eid cross nearly find Ahmed Ali’s head but Mohamed Naguib clears!
12′- A Zamalek corner is cleared by Ahly’s defence.
14′ – Referee looks like he is not going to award fouls that easily today, multiple tackles but the whistle isn’t blown.
15′ – Despite the small number of fans allowed though the gates – 150 – cheering could be heard clearly from the crowds.
16′- The bar saves Zamalek! A thunderous shot from Walid Soliman hits Shenawy’s bar!
17′ – Zamalek close on the counter! A Hazem Emam lob following a give-and-go with Ahmed Ali goes wide.
18′ – Mosaad Aawad looks very unconfident there. The keeper clears the ball.
19′ – Tense atmosphere between Hamada Tolba and Walid Soliman as the Zamalek defender nudges the player.
24′ – Hefny dribbles past 4 Ahly players and passes to Ahmed Eid who plays a through pass to Ahmed Ali but the ball is easily cleared by Saad Samir.
26′ – Again Hefny! Ahmed Ali passes to Hefny in the area but the midfielder’s shot is too week!
27′ – Trezeguet’s long shot is taped by Shenawy to a corner kick.
29′ – Hefny is just amazing today! a 25 year free kick goes just wide of Aawad’s post!
30′ – 3 shots for Ahly so far as Shenawy saves once again while Zamalek forced Mosaad Aawad to save twice.
31′ – Yellow for Hossam Ashour as he fouls Ayman Hefny.
32′- GOAL! HEFNY! UNBEILEIAVBLE! Ayman Henfy twists and chips the ball from an IMPOSSIBLE ANGLE! Zamalek 1 – 0 Ahly.
34′ – GOAL! AHLY! Walid Soliman just equalises just 2 minutes later! a 40 yard ball into the area is missed by all players including Shenawy. Zamalek 1 – Ahly 1.
36′ – The attending fans are stunning. Their cheers rocking the stadium.
39′ – It’s all Ahly now, 2 dangerous chances for the Red Devils as Shenawy leaves his goal on both occasions but Ahly fail to convert as the Zamalek defence clears.
41′ – Hefny is just phenomenal today. The Zamalek star dribbles past 2 Ahly players and crosses but Zamalek’s forwards fail to control the ball.
42′ – A relatively early substitution for Zamalek as Basem Mosri replaces an ineffective Ahmed Ali.
45′ – 1 minute of stoppage time.
The half time whistle is blown. Talatabont’s 1-1 prediction is the game’s score right now. A very balanced first half as Zamalek’s Hefny scored his second goal of the season from an unbelievable angle and Walid Soliman’s long pass tricked everyone and slipped into Zamalek’s post.
2 yellow cards have been awarded for each team in the first half, one to the game’s most yellow carded player Hossam Ashour to bring his card tally to 6 and another early on to Zamalek’s Ahmed Eid.
Ayman Hefny is so far the game’s most dangerous player. Zamalek’s goalscorer has been going past Ahly player’s like they’re not there.
46′ – 2nd half kicks off. No substitutions took place during the break.
47′ – Ahmed Eid goes cuts in down the wing but his cross is cleared.
48′ – 3 consecutive shots for Zamalek! The first 2 are blocked and the last one goes past the left post.
49′ – Free kick awarded to Ahly just outside the area.
52′ – Walid Soliman and Abdullah El-Said on the ball.
53′ – Abdallah El-Said’s shot hits the wall.
53′ – Ahmed Eid completed almost 100% of his take ons tonight. The game’s oldest player goes past Ahly’s right back and the ball goes out for a corner kick.
54′ – Ayman Henfny is just on another level today. The attacking midfielder is tackled again outside the area. The free kick is crossed into the are but the ball is cleared.
57′ – Bassem Morsi has been effective since he came on. The striker has been creating, passing, dribbling and taking shots since he came on for Ahmed Ali.
58′ – Yellow card for Mohamed Rizk. Omar Gaber is currently receiving medical attention.
60′ – Ahly not applying any danger to Shenawy’s goal in the 2nd half’s first 15 minutes.
62′ – ZAMALEK WASTES ANOTHER CHANCE! Omar Gaber crosses but Basem Morsi passes it back to Gaber instead of shooting.
65′ – HORROR MISTAKE BY THE LINSESMAN! 2 Zamalek player’s are one-on-one with the goalkeeper but the Moroccan linesman’s flag is up!
67′ – Walid Soliman injured and can’t carry on. Former Egyptian Premiere League and ENPPI top scorer Ahmed Abdel-Zaher putting on his kit and coming on without warming up.
70′ – 20 minutes to go and still nothing between both sides.
73′ – Yellow card for Hamada Tolba following a dangerous aerial duel.
75′ – Mohamed Koffi warming up.
76′ – Basem Morsi in an offside position following Hefni’s ball into the area. 3 offsides for Zamalek and none for Ahly.
77′ – Salah El-Din and Ramadan Sobhi replaces Abdullah El-Said and Emad Meteb correspondingly. Ahly have no substitutions left.
80′ – 10 minutes to go and the score remains 1-1.
82′ – Ayman Hefty’s amazing work rate today looks to be affecting him. The Zamalek star is down and is holding his calf. Saad Samir helping him stretch his leg. Great sportsmanship.
84′ – Mohamed Koffi replaces Hazem Emam. Koffi has been deployed in midfield.
86′ – Yellow card for Salah El-Din. 3 yellow cards for Ahly so far while Zamalek have collected 2.
87′ – Mostafa Fathi warming up.
88′ -Mostafa Fathi was about to come on fo injured Ibrahim Salah, but Ibrahim Salah comes back on for Zamalek.
90′ – Mostafa Fathi replaces the game’s best player Ayman Hefny.
91′ – 5 minutes of stoppage time.
93′ – Trezeguet takes 2 long shots, one blocked and the other goes wide. Garrido yelling at Trezeguet: “Pass the ball!”
And the final whistle is blown. Zamalek 1 – Ahly 1. Thank you for following our live commentary.
Zamalek retain the 8 points gap at the top of the table, but fail to beat Al Ahly for the 20th successive time. #KF_Derby
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) January 29, 2015