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VIDEO: Smouha book their place in the Egypt Cup final
Ahmed Hamoudi’s brace saw Smouha overcome Al Ahly to book their place in the Egypt Cup final for the first time in their history.
Al Ahly’s Starting XI: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Rahil, Hossam Ashour, Ahmed Khairy, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’, Ramadan Sobhy, Karim Bambo, Amr Gamal.
Smouha’s Starting XI: Amir Abdelhamid, Ayman Ashraf, Abdelrahman Farouk, El-Sayed Farid, Ahmed Said ‘Okka’, Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, Hesham Fathallah, Tarek Hamed, Hany El-Egeizy, Alaa Ali, Ahmed Hamoudi.
Smouha’s strikers were quite active in the first half, and Hamoudi had the chance to score when El-Egeizy unleashed a through pass but the Basel-bound playmaker failed to score.
Karim Bambo came close down the other end when he latched onto Ramadan Sobhy’s exquisite through pass but failed to wrap his foot around it.
The Hurghada-born youngsters had another opportunity to put the Red Devils in the lead after combining with Ramadan Sobhy but had his one-on-one saved in extraordinary fashion.
Hamoudi made up for his mistake minutes later when he latched onto a cross and finished past Sherif Ekramy.
Things became much more complicated for the league champions when Hamoudi when through on goal and slammed the ball past Ekramy.
Early in the second half, the Blues showed no signs of stopping when Hany El-Egeizy went through on goal but his curled strike went wide of the post.
El-Egeizy once again came close when he unleashed a stinging strike which slammed against the post.
Ramadan Sobhy could’ve pulled one back for the Red Devils but his left-footed finish was saved by Amir Abdelhamid.
The Red Castle were awarded a penalty with ten minutes remaining when Walid Soliman was brought down in the box.
Emad Meteb stepped up and converted the corresponding penalty, but the goal proved to be a consolation.
It is also worth mentioning that both Smouha and Zamalek have both opposed the decision to play the game in Aswan due to the heat.