Zamalek edge Al Ahly in thrilling Cairo derby victory

Zamalek edge Al Ahly in thrilling Cairo derby victory
Zamalek edge Al Ahly in thrilling Cairo derby victory

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- Yasmine El Tohamy - Zamalek have defeated Al Ahly 3-1 on Saturday night to end the Red Devils’ unbeaten streak in the Egyptian Premier League.

Al Ahly started the game on the front foot and nearly scored in the sixth minute through Senegalese forward Aliou Badji whose header hit the post.

The record champions created a similar goalscoring opportunity six minutes later but this time, Badji’s on-target header forced a good save from Zamalek’s Mohamed Abou-Gabal.

Despite Al Ahly’s early chances, it was Zamalek who broke the deadlock in the 13th minute of the game.

Achraf Bencharki skipped past Al Ahly players on the left wing before setting up Ahmed Sayed Zizo at the far post who tapped home the opening game of the evening.

Just after the hour mark, Al Ahly grabbed the equalizer during a defensive scramble as Yasser Ibrahim managed to squeeze the ball into the back of the net.

However, Zamalek restored their lead ten minutes later through Mostafa Mohamed who chested the ball down and rifled a sublime volley into the bottom corner.

Al Ahly almost scored the leveller in the 93rd minute but Walid Soliman’s powerful low strike went wide.

Straight after Soliman’s miss, Zamalek hit Al Ahly on the break as Achraf Bencharki started the move and fed Mohamed Ounajem, who was unselfish and teed up Osama Faisal to score their third goal of the evening.

The defeat does not change Al Ahly’s status as they still sit top of the Egyptian Premier League table with 56 points. On the other hand, Zamalek’s win lifts them to second place with 42 points.

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