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Egypt Cup roundup: Zamalek, Wadi Degla book places in cup final
Zamalek 2-1 Tala’a El-Gaish
Two first-half goals from Ahmed Gaafar and Hazem Emam were enough to see the Whites advance to the 2013 Egypt Cup final over 10-man El-Gaish, who managed to pull one back through Egypt international Ayman Hefny.
Shikabala was once again provider for Zamalek, finding an unmarked Ahmed Gaafar inside the box with a headed-lay-off before the towering striker slid the ball past the keeper in the opening minute.
Hazem Emam, who signed a 4-year contract extension with the Knights this week, doubled the score just before the half-time whistle when Egypt veteran Ahmed Eid played him in on goal with a superb through ball.
Gaish, however, pulled one back in the 48th minute following Abdel-Wahid El-Sayed’s poor clearance which only went as far as Ayman Hefny, who beat the Egypt keeper from just outside the box.
The army-owned side were dealt a huge blow when midfielder Ainesa Hassan was sent off for two bookable offenses in the second half.
Zamalek will allow duo Mohamed Ibrahim and Omar Gaber – who both came on as second half subs – leave for Europe in January with Málaga and Ligue 1 side Valenciennes interested respectively if the Whites Knights clinch their 22nd Egypt Cup title, according to interim chairman Kamal Darwish.
Wadi Degla 0-0 Ismaily (8-7 on penalties)
Wadi Degla booked their spot in the Egypt Cup final for the first time in its history after beating Ismaily 8-7 in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
Haytham Mohamed denied Ismaily’s final spot kick taken by Mahmoud Abdul-Aziz following the goalless draw in Luxor.
Hany Ramzy’s Degla, who also knocked out ENPPI in the quarter-finals, will now face Zamalek in the cup final on Saturday November 9th behind closed doors.