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VIDEO: Momen and Ajayi fire Ahly to victory in the Cairo Derby
Zamalek came into the match on the back of four straight wins in the league, and had only conceded twice in the fourteen matches leading up to the derby, a remarkable feat.
The opening 15 minutes were a cagey affair, as Egypt manager Héctor Cúper watched from the stands with his coaching staff.
Ahmed Fathi wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring in the 19th minute, before Momen Zakaria put the reigning champions in the lead three minutes later; the winger snuck into the box to convert Hussein El-Sayed’s low cross.
Bassem Morsy cut a frustrated figure up front for Zamalek, as his side left him to chase lost causes in the midst of the opposition defence.
Zamalek upped the tempo in the second half and could have made the score 1-1 in the 67th minute, but Shawky El-Said’s shot from a narrow angle was well wide of the target.
Second-half substitute Junior Ajayi then sealed a crucial win for the Red Devils, rising highest to head past a hopeless Ahmed El-Shennawy with seconds to play, as Zamalek failed to win a league Cairo Derby for the 14th time in a row- a run that stretches back to the 2006/07 season.
The win sees Al Ahly stretch their lead over Zamalek to 11 points, although the latter side have two matches in hand due to their earlier CAF Champions League obligations.