VIDEO: Zamalek beat Al Ahly on penalties to win third Super Cup title
Zamalek claimed their third Egyptian Super Cup title, after beating record nine-time winners Al Ahly 3-1 on penalties in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The Cairo giants were tied at 0-0 after 90 minutes before Zamalek keeper Mahmoud Gennesh saved two penalties to lead the White Knights to the title.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Mohamed Hany, Saad Samir, Ahmed Hegazy, Hussein El-Sayed; Hossam Ashour, Ahmed Fathi; Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria; Junior Ajayi.
Zamalek XI: Mahmoud Gennesh; Osama Ibrahim, El-Wensh, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Nassef; Moruf Youssef, Tarek Hamed, Ahmed Tawfik; Mohamed Ibrahim, Stanley Ohawuchi, Bassem Morsy.
Both sides failed to pose any threats during the first half of the game, which took place few days after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon.
Al Ahly tried pressing in the early stages of the game, but without any outcome as Zamalek kept a solid defence. A shot by Momen Zakaria was sent to a corner by Gennesh before the referee turned down Abdallah El-Said’s penalty appeal.
Zamalek’s first chance came three minutes to halftime, when Mohamed Ibrahim’s cross found striker Bassem Morsy, but the latter’s week shot was easily saved by Al Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy.
Ten minutes into the second half, Zamalek manager Mohamed Helmy brought on Mostafa Fathi to replace Mohamed Ibrahim in an attempt to boost his side’s offensive play, before Al Ahly’s Abdallah El-Said and Ahmed Fathi made way for Saleh Gomaa and Hossam Ghaly.
With five minutes to go, both sides made their last substitution as Karim Nedved replaced Walid Soliman and Ahmed Refaat came on instead of Stanley Ohawuchi.
Al Ahly almost scored the winner in the dying minutes as Karim Nedved’s cross found unmarked Junior Ajayi inside the box, but the Nigerian striker missed with two minutes to go as the game went to penalties.
Penalties from Momen Zakaria and Saleh Gomaa were saved by Gennesh, while Ahmed Hegazy scored for Al Ahly. Bassem Morsi, Osama Ibrahim and Ahmed Refaat scored for Zamalek, before Hossam Ghaly missed Al Ahly’s fourth penalty kick.
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