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VIDEO: Mido dealt first defeat as Zamalek lose 1-0 to Al Masry
Zamalek XI: Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed, Hamada Tolba, Mahmoud Fathallah, Yasser Ibrahim, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Nour El-Sayed, Ahmed Tawfik, Omar Gaber, Momen Zakaria, Mohamed Ibrahim, Ahmed Ali
Against the run of play, Al Masry’s Mohamed Shaarawy scored a powerful glancing header to the far post in the 20th minute during the first half, which was enough to hand Mido his first defeat as Zamalek manager.
Emotions ran high in the dying moments of the match after Zamalek’s midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim was shown a second yellow card in injury time.
Despite taking their first loss since the dismissal of Helmy Toulan in January, new coach Ahmed “Mido” Hossam defended his Zamalek side by saying that they played their best match under his tenure.
“We lost the team’s best match since my arrival,” Mido said in his post-match press conference.
“The players wasted many chances against the goal. It is the first experience in my coaching career and I am always eager to learn from my mistakes,” Mido added.
Mido also showed Al Masry’s coach Anwar Salama mutual respect after the defeat.
“I want to congratulate Al Masry and their veteran coach Anwar Salama, who praised me today,” Zamalek’s coach added.
Mido was quick to quell tensions following the match after Zamalek’s bench let their emotions get the best of them.
“I want to apologize for what happened on the part of the Zamalek technical staff and players. The tension was out of our hands,” he concluded.
Zamalek now lie in 6th place in Group B with 15 points, however they have played 10 games: one less than most other clubs.