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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 January, 2005, 13:07 GMT
Al Ahly win streak ends
By Amr Shaheen
BBC Sport, Cairo

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Al Ahly's 21 game winning streak has ended

Al Ahly's 21 game winning streak in the Egyptian league ended on Friday as they 0-0 at home with Masry.

Al Ahly dominated the match and missed numerous scoring chances even when they were reduced to 10 men in the 37th minute when midfielder Hassan Mustafa was sent off.

Masry's Egyptian international goalkeeper, Nader El Sayed, was the man of the night as he kept a clean sheet for his team.

The Cairo giants Al Ahly have enjoyed 21 consecutive league victories since they beat Mansoura 3-0 last season, they then won the final three games of the campaign.

Al Ahly continued the streak this season as they won their first 17 games before Friday's draw.

The Egyptian side were only four victories away from equalling the longest winning streak in club football history, recorded by Scotland's Celtic who won 25 consecutive matches in the 2003/2004 season.

"We failed to break the World record but I am proud of those players," Al Ahly's Portuguese coach Manuel Jose said.

"We wanted to set a record that would last for 100 or 150 years."

Al Ahly however are 20 points clear of nearest rivals Ismaili in the Egyptian league and only need two more victories to claim the title with eight more matches left in the season.




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