Al Ahly have defeated arch-rivals Zamalek 3-0 in the Egyptian Premier League’s 14th round on Saturday evening.
Zamalek entered the game on the back of a three-game winless run in the league after a defeat to Aswan and back-to-back draws against El-Dakhleya and Ittihad of Alexandria.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils were recently held to a goalless draw by Al Masry keeping a five-point gap with Zamalek at the top of the league table.
Both sides had a slow start to the encounter and failed to create any clear-cut chances in the opening 45 minutes as the game’s second half witnessed all the action.
In the 61st minute, Al Ahly found the breakthrough and took the lead through former Zamalek man Mahmoud Kahraba.
A long ball by Hussein El-Shahat found Hamdy Fathi, who combined with Kahraba inside the box as the latter tapped home his second goal of the season in all competitions.
Second-half substitute Mohamed Sherif was also among the goals for Al Ahly as he doubled his side’s lead taking advantage of Zamalek’s poor defending after 75 minutes.
Sherif was on the scene again for Al Ahly and grabbed their third goal of the evening with a stunning effort in the 90th minute to put the game to bed.
A dashing Ali Maaloul on the left-hand side found Sherif, who made space for himself and rifled a first-time shot with his left foot into the roof of the net.
Al Ahly’s dominant win have now put them eight points clear of Zamalek and four ahead of second-placed Future FC in the Egyptian Premier League table.