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Egyptian drama as league goes to play-off

Al Ahly fans
Al Ahly fans celebrated across Cairo when the final whistle went

Al Ahly and Ismaili will play off for the Egyptian title after a dramatic end to the regular league season.

Ahly needed two goals in injury time to win their game against Al Gaish - a result which takes the championship to a winner-takes-all decider on Sunday.

To claim the crown on Wednesday one side had to record a better result than their rivals.

Ismaili did their part by claiming an emphatic 3-0 win over Tersana.

Meanwhile Ahly, playing a regular league game for the final time under their departing coach Manuel Jose, were drawing 1-1 with Al Gaish.

As both games went into injury time Ismaili's squad and fans prepared to celebrate.

But they reckoned without Ahly's Ahmed Fahti, who struck 3 minutes into added time to give the champions all three points.

His powerful run and confident shot gave the reigning champions a priceless win - which was confirmed when, another minute into stoppage time, Mohamed Talaat's cheeky chip put them 3-1 up.

The results mean the two teams finish level on points at the top of the table.

They will face each other in a play-off match at the Haras El Hadood stadium in Alexandria on Sunday.

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19 May 09 |  African
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13 May 09 |  African
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10 May 09 |  African

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