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VIDEO: Zamalek defeat Haras El-Hodood to top league table
Zamalek defeat Haras El-Hodood 2-0 to clinch three vital points which put them at the top of the Egyptian Premier League.
The White Knights defeated league leaders Haras El-Hodood 2-0 via Khaled Kamar and Hazem Emam to move top of the league table, as they managed another clean sheet to remain the league’s best defensive team.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy – Hazem Emam – Ali Gabr – Mohamed Koffi – Ahmed Samir – Ibrahim Salah – Tarek Hamed – Ahmed Eid – Momen Zakaria – Youssef Obama – Khaled Kamar
Haras El-Hodood XI: Ahmed Saad – Mahmoud Mobarak – Mahmoud Alaa – Ali El-Feel – Amro Saad – El-Sayed Hassan – Mostafa Gamal – Mohammed Haleem – Tarek Abu Elez – Ahmed Sabry – Ahmed Hassan Mekky.
Zamalek started the game with an attacking mentality as Khaled Kamar’s cross was misjudged by Mahmoud Alaa and was headed towards the goal but Ahmed Saad put an amazing effort to turn it into the first corner of the game. Soon after, Haras El-Hodood tried to attack back but with no serious threat on goal. Hazem Emam, however, sprinted down the right flank and crossed in to earn a second corner for the Cairo based club which was easily caught by Ahmed Saad.
Haras El-Hodood responded by attacking Zamalek through the flanks but only managed to win free kicks as both Ahmed Samir and Hazem Emam were booked over consecutive fouls after back-to-back counterattacks through their respective flanks.
18 minutes into the game, Hazem Emam’s shot went just milli-meters wide as Ahmed Saad couldn’t do anything other than watch it go away.
It was only by the 22nd minute that the match’s tempo got high as Zamalek started to press higher leaving space behind for Haras El-Hodood to attack them. Haras El-Hodood managed to get a counter and a corner soon after, which Hazem Emam heroically cleared off the line.
At the 30th minute of the game, Mahmoud Alaa passed the ball back only to be intercepted by Khaled Kamar, who were in a very good position and managed to score Zamalek’s first goal of the game, and his 1st goal in 450 minutes of competitive football.
10 minutes later, Ahmed El-Shennawy dropped to the floor with what looked like an ankle sprain, but managed to get up and decided to play through the pain barrier, which was clearly a big mistake as El-Shennawy failed to clear a cross and went down once again and before making way for Genesh to make his first appearance in the league this season.
The beginning of the second-half saw Haras El-Hodood try to attack and press up as much as possible, only for Koffi and Gabr to halt all their ambitious attempts.
Harras El-Hodood kept trying to move forward and push up front but with no real danger on goal. As the game proceeded to the last 15 minutes, Ali Gabr had a shot on goal as Zamalek broke into a counter but the ball went wide and once again Haras El-Hodood went all-out-attack with their back two pushing high up the pitch.
77 minutes on the clock, Hazem Emam punished El-Hodood by scoring Zamalek’s second after a superb through pass by Ibrahim Salah which put Hazem through from the half way line before he placed the ball on the right side of the keeper.
After the second goal, Zamalek retained possession and tried to add a third but failed, only for the referee to end the match after three minutes of added time.
Man of the Match: Hazem Emam. His goal was the cherry on top of a wonderful performance from the Zamalek’s midfielder.