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VIDEO: Zamalek shock Smouha in injury time
The Whites defeated Smouha, the Premier League’s last edition runners-up 2-0 at the Air Defence Stadium with goals from Bassem Morsy and Momen Zakaria in the injury time, to repeat the Egyptian Cup Final’s match scenario between both teams.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawi; Omar Gaber, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Ahmed Samir; Hazem Emam, Ibrahim Salah, Tarek Hamed, Momen Zakaria, Ayman Hefny; Khaled Kamar.
Smouha XI: Mohamed Sobhy; Ahmed Said ‘Okka’, El-Sayed Farid, Hisham Shehata, Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’; Hossam Ghaly, Alaa Ali, Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, Mohamed Maged ‘Onosh’, Mostafa Tal’at; Hany El-Egeizy.
Both teams started the game with caution yet Zamalek had more possession. The Whites tried opening the score through crosses from Hazem Emam on the right flank, but Sobhy was always there to stop the attacks.
On the 22nd minute mark, Khaled Kamar had a great powerful shot from outside the box that Sobhy couldn’t block well to fall back off his hands with no Zamalek players to follow. Three minutes later, Khaled Kamar squared the ball to Hazem Emam on the right edge of the box while his powerful shot was superbly blocked by Sobhy to a corner.
26 minutes into the game came a great cross from Hazem Emam from the right to the far post was met by Momen Zakaria’s head only for his header to hit the post with Ayman Hefni following and again, Sobhy superbly blocked the other the chance.
With one minute left on the clock for the first half to end, Khaled Kamar’s amazing through pass to Ayman Hefni was blocked by ‘Okka’ to a corner, with the first half ending in stalemate.
The second half started with the same pressure from the whites, hoping to change the bad luck they had in the first half. Again, Hazem Emam on the right side of Zamalek’s squad was where dangerous attempts came from.
The 55th minute saw the first attempt for Smouha on goal when Hesham Shehata’s powerful shot from the left edge of the box went just beside El-Shennawi’s left post.
Four minutes later, Hany El-Egeizy saw the red card after a blow on Ahmed Samir’s face leaving Smouha with 10 players on the field for what was left of the game.
Just when everyone thought it was a draw, Bassem Morsy, who came in for Khaled Kamar at the 57 minute, met Momen Zakaria’s cross with a great header on the right side of Sobhy in the second minute of the five announced as injury time. With just one minute left, it was Momen Zakaria’s turn to add the second goal of the game with another header after a superb cross from Ayman Hefni.
With this win, Zamalek are now sixth in the Egyptian Premier League table with 9 points from 5 games, while Smouha drop to tenth with 7 points from 6 games.
Zamalek are set to travel for the encounter against Ittihad of Alexandria on October 30th for match-day 7, while Smouha are set to face Harras El-Hodood in the Alexandria derby one day later.
Bassem Morsy’s goal