Al Ahly vs Etoile du Sahel – Borg El Arab Stadium, Borg El Arab, Egypt – October 22, 2017, Al Ahly's Walid Azaro celebrates scoring a goal with team mates – REUTERS/Amr Dalsh
CAIRO – 30 December 2017: Before Saturday’s match between AlAhly and Atletico Madrid, scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Cairo Local Time (CLT) at Borg El Arab Stadium, which will allocate the profits of the match to the victims of terrorism, Egypt Today takes a look at the history of Al Ahly's confrontations and results against Spanish teams.
Al Ahly met with Spanish teams in eight confrontations, and the Reds won only once in a meeting against Real Madrid. They suffered defeats against other Spanish teams too.
In August 2001, Al Ahly hosted the Spanish Real Madrid team in the celebration for claiming the Century Club title at Cairo Stadium. Al Ahly won the match 1-0 against the ‘Galaticos’ Real Madrid, which at this time included Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo and Salgado.
Al-Ahly faced Barcelona three times before. In 1960, Ahly hosted Barcelona, which crowned the Spanish league title at that time, at Mokhtar Tetsh stadium. Barcelona thrashed Al Ahly 6-1.
In 2007, Al Ahly hosted Barcelona in the celebration of the Red Giant centenary at Cairo Stadium which ended 4-0 for Barcelona’s Ronaldinho, Messi, Eto’o and Puyol.
In 2009, Al Ahly met Barcelona for the third time at Wembley Stadium in a friendly tournament, and the match ended in 4-1 win over Barcelona.
Al Ahly continued battling with the Spanish clubs. In 2003, the team played against Real Sociedad in Spain which ended with a positive draw. The penalty shootout ended the match for Sociedad winning 4-3.
At the Rennes and Navarra Stadium, Spain's Osasuna team hosted the Reds in 2004. The match ended with the Spanish team winning 1-0.
Ahly also met with Espanyol in May 2012. The match ended with a 2-0 win for Espanyol.
Al-Ahly’s last match against Spanish teams was in 2015 when the Egyptians met Getafe in a match which ended with a draw. The Spanish team won the penalty shootout 5-4.
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