VIDEO: Ahmed Fathi’s dramatic late goal seals unbeaten domestic double
Al Ahly were 1-0 down to the Port Said-based club till the 116th minute, before late goals from substitute Amr Gamal and Ahmed Fathi turned the result on its head.
The first-half started very slowly, Al Ahly tried to force their control over the midfield but Al Masry’s high pressure kept Hossam El-Badry’s men away from causing any danger on their goal.
Al Ahly’s most threatening chance came after 18 minutes when Momen Zakaria was set up by a very smart from Abdallah El-Said, but the winger’s shot went wide.
Al Masry’s first threat on Al Ahly’s goal came in the 34th minute when Mohamed El-Shamy tried his luck from distance but his effort found Ekramy’s hands.
Five minutes before the half-time whistle, Ajayi was close to break the deadlock when he headed Ahmed Fathi’s brilliant cross but it was cleared by Al Masry’s goalkeeper Ahmed Boska.
Both teams started the second-half in a similar way to the first one, Al Ahly continued their domination against Al Masry but failed to break down the organised Al Masry defence.
22 minutes into the second-half, Junior Ajyai missed a golden opportunity to give Al Ahly the lead. Momen Zakaria played a low cross to the Nigerian, whose shot was saved by Boska and the Nigerian managed to convert the rebound but the goal was ruled out for a handball.
Momen Zakria had two chances to score a late winner but missed them both. The first chance came when Abdallah El-Said played a smart free-kick into the penalty area but Momen’s shot went over the bar, before Zakaria again sent the ball over the net minutes before the final-whistle.
Against the run of play, Abdallah Bika gave Al Masry the lead with a superb strike early in the first-half of the extra-time to make the Green Eagles close to getting their hands on the cup title.
Four minutes later, Hossam El-Badry made his last substitution, bringing Amr Gamal for team captain Hossam Ashour and the striker had a game to remember.
Al Ahly left it till the 116th to level the result through the substitute Amr Gamal, who headed Ali Maloul’s free-kick from the right side, before Gamal again found Ahmed Fathi inside the box who chipped the ball above Boska into the net, giving the Reds their 38th Egypt Cup title.
The result meant that Al Ahly have completed the domestic double for the first time since 2007 and Al Masry 19-year trophy drought continues for yet another year.
Watch the goals in the video below:
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