Zamalek wins the Egyptian Super Cup for the 3rd time | VIDEO
Zamalek beat Al Ahly for first time in the Egyptian Super Cup in 15years.
Goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh once again proved Zamalek’s hero in a shootout as Zamalek defeated Ahly 3-1 on penalties in Abu Dhabi on Friday to overcome their arch rivals for the first time in five Egyptian Super Cup meetings.
Gennesh, who usually plays second fiddle to Egyptian international keeper Ahmed El-Shennawi, saved two penalties and Ahly’s veteran skipper Hossam Ghaly skied his effort high over as Zamalek easily prevailed in the shootout.
Zamalek added a third Super Cup trophy to their cabinet but will be more delighted that the win had come at the expense of nemesis Ahly, the record winners with nine titles under their belt, including four after wins over the White Knights in 2003, 2008, 2014 and 2015.
Gennesh’s excellence in shootouts came to prominence when he lifted them to the Egypt Cup final in 2015 with superb stops in the quarter and semi-finals. He also often dives the right way even when he fails to block spot-kicks.
The match was played in the United Arab Emirates for the second time, with the first taking place in Al-Ain in October 2015. However, it was a more exciting affair back then, with Ahly securing a 3-2 comeback win.
A bore 0-0 draw on Friday at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium hardly yielded any threats, although Ahly could have snatched a win in the dying minutes had it not been for a horrible miss from Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi with the goal at his mercy.
Zamalek avenged a 2-0 defeat by Ahly in their last league game late in December, which extended the Red Devils’ lead at the top to 11 points although Zamalek still have two games in hand.
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