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Egypt’s Ahly beats Zamalek to reach CAF semifinals

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Egypt’s football team Ahly beat longtime rival Zamalek 4-2 on Sunday, thereby qualifying for the African Champions League semifinals.

Zamalek took an early lead after midfielder Omar Gaber scored during the early minutes of the first-half, Ahram Online reported.

But Ahly winger Walid Soliman scored an equalizer a few minutes later, the website said.

Ahly striker Ahmed Abdel-Zaher and Mohammad Abou-Treika scored two more goals.

In the 71st minute, Ahly right-back Ahmad Fathi notched a goal before Zamalek’s midfielder Ahmed Hassan scored during the last eight minutes of the game, the website added.

The loss has filtered out Zamalek from the league but paved the way for title holders Ahly to continue towards a second title.

The Egyptian rival teams played at the Gouna resort, miles away from Cairo, where protests and political conditions have halted football activities for over a year.