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Al Ahly clinch 10th Egypt Super Cup after beating Al Masry

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Egyptian League champions Al Ahly have been crowned as champions for the 10th time after beating Al Masry at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, UAE.

Both teams had a very quiet start to the game with a possession advantage for Al Ahly, while Al Masry sat back for defense, giving the Red Devils no chance to find the space they seek.

First chance of the game came after 10 minutes when Ahmed Fathi cut inside before trying a half volley with his left foot but it went well over.

Al Masry responded immediately after three minutes when they were awarded a free kick near the middle line, Ahmed Gouda headed Islam Eisa’s cross but it was straight at Mohamed El Shennawy who comfortably collected the ball.

The first 30 minutes were very intense, with 16 fouls made by both sides and two yellow cards shown for Mohamed Hamdi and Ahmed Fathi.

In the 31st minute, Abdallah El-Said made a great run from his own half before he passed it to Amr El-Sulaya near the penalty area who tested Ahmed Mas’oud with a weak shot easily found Al Masry goalies palms.

The rest of the first half has been uneventful as Al Ahly continued the domination of possession but failed to translate their control into goals as both teams head into dressing room with a goalless draw.

Al Ahly started the second half strongly when Walid Azarou managed to find some space on the right before sending a low cross into the box but Ajayi tied a back-heel shot but he missed the ball.

In the 57th minute, Abdallah El-Said started Al Ahly’s counterattack when he sent Ajayi through the left wing who played a low cross into the box to Azarou who went down after controlling the ball but was shown the yellow card for diving.

20 minutes later, Al Ahly were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, El-Said stepped up but sent the ball to the stands

Seven minutes before the full time, El Badry tried to add some fresh names into the team in as Mo’men Zakria made his final appearance for Al Ahly replacing Walid Soliman.

Two minutes later, Aballah El-Said tried to find the net from some distance but his shot lacked precision, before the final whistle came as the both teams head to extra time.

11 minutes into the extra time, Walid Azarou broke the deadlock, putting Al Ahly in front after a massive howler from Al Masry’s goalkeeper Mas’oud who tried to dribble past Azarou, but the Moroccan striker won the ball and played it into the empty net.

The goal forced Al Masry to come out of their half, helping Al Ahly to find more space behind. In the 107th minutes, Walid Azarou made a brilliant solo run before sending Mo’men Zakria through but his shot was sent to a corner by Mas’oud.

Mo’men Zakria again had the chance to double Al Ahly’s lead when El-Said’s shot got deflected past Al Masry defenders to fall in front of Zakria whose header went wide from few yards.

Azarou benefited from spaces behind Al Masry’s defense on the right wing before he played it Zakaria who tapped into the empty net but his goal was ruled out for offside, before the final whistle announced Al Ahly as Super Cup champions.

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