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Egypt Cup Roundup: Al Ahly, Zamalek & Smouha join Wadi Degla in semi-finals
The quarter-finals of the 2014 Egypt Cup were played on Wednesday and Thursday, resulting in four semi-finalists and unforgettable moments.
Eight goals and two penalty shootouts provided some great action and four semi-finalists in last year’s champions Zamalek, Egyptian Premier League champions and record holders Al Ahly, last season’s runners-up Wadi Degla, and this season’s league runners-up Smouha.
Recap: Wadi Degla 1-1 Ismaily (4-2 pens)
The quarter-finals of Egypt’s premier knockout competition kicked off yesterday with a thriller between Ismaily and Wadi Degla. Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz opened the scoring for Dervishes after latching onto Hosni Abd-Rabo’s cross before the Yellow-Blacks equalised through Mostafa Talaat’s penalty. Degla prevailed in the end, winning 4-2 on penalties.
Al Ahly 1-0 Al-Ragaa
On Thursday, Egyptian Premier League champions Al Ahly defeated Al-Ragaa at the Cairo International Stadium, marking Juan Carlos Garrido’s debut as the Red Devils’ manager. Despite the recent abundance in young talent, it was a familiar face who made the difference.
Substitute Emad Meteb scored the game’s only goal after notching onto a cross from Sabri Raheel. The Red Devils also had a penalty saved minutes after the goal, when Mohamed Fathi saved Ahmed Fathi’s spot-kick.
Zamalek 1-0 Haras El-Hodood
Last season’s champions took on Haras El-Hodood with the aim of putting their league upset behind them.
In extraordinary circumstances with broadcasting issues preventing the game from being aired, the tie remained goalless until substitute Mostafa Fathy scored the winning goal in the 86th minute – only four minutes after his introduction – to secure progression.
Smouha 2-2 Ittihad El Shorta (5-4 pens)
Egyptian Premier League runners-up Smouha faced Ittihad El-Shorta in the final tie at the Ismailia Stadium.
Hany El-Egeizy scored Smouha’s opening goal in the 24th minute before Ayman Ashraf doubled the scoreline seconds before half-time.
Khaled El-Kamash’s men played with much more grit in the second half; managing to score through Mohamed Maged ‘Onosh’ before new Zamalek signing Khaled Kamar unleashed a thunderous shot in the dying minutes of the game to force a penalty shootout.
The Blues of Alexandria converted all their penalties while Khaled Setouhi missed from the spot to give Smouha a place in the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals Al Ahly will face Smouha in a replay of this season’s title decider, while Wadi Degla and Zamalek will face each other in a replay of the 2013 Egyptian Cup final.