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Zamalek advance to Egypt Cup final over Wadi Degla
Reigning champions Zamalek have secured their place in the Egypt Cup final by Wadi Degla 5-4 in a penalty shootout in a replay of last season’s final.
The game was cagey from the start, producing very few chances but youngster Mahmoud Shika managed to get a shot away in the opening 20 minutes, but his strike went wide of the post.
Despite Shika’s fine play, coach Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ made the decision to take him off ten minutes before the end of the first half – Mohamed Ibrahim being the replacement.
Degla registered their first chance on the hour mark when Mohab Said cut in for the right and unleashed a fine strike which was saved by Mohamed Abou-Gabal.
The Whites could’ve put themselves ahead when Mohamed Abdel-Megid went through on goal, but the youngster’s shot went well wide.
Mido’s men thought they had won the game in the dying minutes when the ball reached an unmarked Salah Soliman, but the former Ghazl El-Mahalla defender’s header was easily handled by Essam El-Hadary.
With full time ending goalless, the game went on to a penalty shootout.
Degla found themselves trailing when both Mostafa Talaat and Mohamed El-Hossary missed their respective spot-kicks before El-Hadary produced an outstanding save to give the Yellow-Blacks a lifeline.
Mohamed Ibrahim’s spot-kick was also saved by El-Hadary, and with Mohamed Abdelfattah ‘Taha’ and Ahmed El-Merghany converting their spot-kicks the game went on to sudden death.
In the second round of sudden death penalties, former Al Ahly midfielder Akwety Mensah saw his penalty hit the woodwork, before Salah Soliman converted to win the game for Mido’s men.
It is also worth mentioning that Zamalek will face either fierce rivals Al Ahly or Smouha in the final due to be played in Aswan on Saturday.