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Egypt's Al-Ahly suffers fiasco from Barcelona
2007-04-24 03:26:20 Xinhua English

CAIRO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- In a high-profile friendly, Egypt's Al-Ahly, founded in 1907, suffered a 4-0 embarrassing home defeat on Tuesday from Spain's Barcelona in the former's centenary celebrations.

The friendly game, broadcast live in the soccer-mad Arab nation, was attended by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Prime Minister Ahmed Nazef as well as some 68,000 Egyptian fans.

Ahly, five-time African champions, had a reputation of beating Europe's powerful teams in recent years, but this time they couldn't match their opponents like they did against Real Madrid and AS Roma, local soccer news website filgoal.com reported.

Barcelona fielded a second-string line-up in the first half while all Ahly stars took part with the exception of midfielder Mohamed Barakat, who was injured in the warm-up.

The visitors opened the score line in the 17th minute when forward Javier Saviola headed for a goal from close range. Barcelona doubled their lead in the 24th minute after youngster Krkic Perez ghosted behind Ahly's defense to receive Saviola's neat pass and slot at the near post.

In the second half, all Barca's high-profile players were introduced onto the court, which witnessed a complete domination from the Spanish giants.

Cameroonian international Samuel Eto'o added the third in the 77th minute after Ahly Hassan Mostafa's terrible tackle slipped the ball into his path to slot home.

Eto'o completed the rout deep into stoppage time when he was picked out unmarked by Lionel Messi's through pass inside the area before sending an ice-cool finish into the back of the net.

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