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Al Ahly overcome Zamalek in 108th league Cairo derby

Credit: Al Masry Al Youm

The Red Devils defeated Zamalek 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium courtesy of Ahmed Tawfik’s own goal in the first half.

This was the first to be officiated by Egyptian officials in the 21st Century, and the match was always going to be an intriguing encounter as both sides were in for the win.

With Petrojet hammered 4-1 by Smouha, both sides wouldn’t have been content with the draw.

In the first real action of the game, Al Ahly took the lead when Ahmed Tawfik put through his own net inside 21 minutes.

The Red Devils knocked on Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed’s door once again when Karim Bambo’s volley went over the bar.

In the 42nd minute, Zamalek assistant coach Medhat Abdel-Hady was sent off by referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din after he argued with linesman Ayman Degeish.

The Red Castle were at in once again when Ramadan Sobhy played the ball to Karim Bambo who was in a one-on-one position but the youngster’s finish was saved by Abdel-Wahed.

At the start of the second half, Ramadan Sobhy finishes on El-Sayed’s left side after he attempted a one-two pass, doing a stepover and placing his ball to the corner of the net if it weren’t for the Zamalek’ goalkeeper.

In the 66th minute, a penalty was awarded to the White Castle after Ekramy’s foul on Ahmed Ali; Mahmoud Fathallah however managed to blaze his penalty over the bar.

In the 75th minute, Mahmoud Fathallah tried to undo his penalty miss with a powerful free-kick from around 25- yards out but the Al Ahly defenders managed to clear it after Ekramy’s spill.

With this win, Al Ahly stand in second in the finals, behind on Smouha on goal difference.

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