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VIDEO: Zakaria strikes again as Zamalek down Hossam Hassan’s Ittihad in Alexandria
The match was Ittihad’s first under their recently-appointed coach Hossam Hassan, who may have had more than just the 3 points in mind following his sacking by Zamalek’s board – after only one month in charge of the Whites.
Ittihad of Alexandria XI: Ali Farag, Mohamed Samir, Abdel-Rahman Farouk, Ramy Adel, Fathi Mabrouk, Alaa Kamal (46′ El-Sayed El-Shabrawy/78′ Mohamed Farouk ‘Benzema’), Ibrahm El-Shayeb, Amer Sabry, Osama Boghanimy (54′ Ibrahim Helal), Felix Katongo, Oumed Oukri.
Zamalek’s XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Ahmed Samir, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Omar Gaber, Ibrahim Salah, Tarek Hamed (61′ Ahmed Tawfik), Ahmed Eid, Momen Zakaria (77′ Moruf Yusuf), Hazem Emam, Khaled Kamar (54′ Basem Morsi).
The Whites kicked-off the match well, fully intending on opening the scoring early. Khaled Kamar received a long ball from defender Ali Gabr, yet Ittihad goalkeeper Ali Farag was able to clear the danger.
The Alexandrian team responded minutes later when Osama Boghanimy received a good pass in the box. However, El-Shennawy was able to interrupt the play and save his team from conceding an early goal.
In the 19th minute, Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek crossed the ball inside the box for Kamar, whose header was good but went wide.
Boghanimy was booked in the 33rd minute for tackling Ahmed Eid, who had to receive treatment following the foul.
Hazem Emam passed the ball towards Momen Zakaria inside the box, but the latter’s strong shot was unsuccessful in hitting the back of Farag’s net as it went just beside the post.
A free-kick was given to Zamalek minutes later but cleared by Farag, who collided with Mohamed Samir, and both received medical treatment just before half-time.
The Whites lacked the necessary clinical finishing on most of their chances; Burkina Faso international Mohamed Koffi received a great cross in the opening minutes, but his attempt went over the crossbar.
Ahmed Eid then tried his luck as well when he attempted a strong shot left-footed volley on Ahmed Samir’s cross but it also went just over the bar as the score remained 0-0.
Pacheco’s side finally broke the deadlock as Momen Zakaria was able to score his 5th Egyptian Premier League goal of the season in the 72nd minute. Basem Morsi passed him the ball and the on-loan ENPPI midfielder unleashed a powerful shot from outside the box which went in on the right side of Farag.
Zamalek’s defense did not give the Alexandrian side any chance for a comeback; on the contrary, the Whites attempted to double their lead when Omar Gaber sent the ball towards Morsi, whose header just missed the target.
Zamalek are currently third in the Egyptian Premier League table while Ittihad of Alexandria have dropped to 16th.