Hany Zada, a member of the Zamalek board, spoke to ON Sport...
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VIDEO: Morsi brace gives Zamalek three points in five-goal thriller
Al-Ragaa managed to score twice in an attempt to record a win over Cairo’s other pole after their win against Al Ahly earlier in the season, but Zamalek proved to be too good of a challenge to their ambitious efforts.
Zamalek XI: Mohammed Abou-Gabal – Omar Gaber – Ali Gabr – Mohammed Koffi – Ahmed Samir – Ahmed Tawfik – Mohammed Shaaban (Ahmed Eid 55′) – Tarek Hamed – Momen Zakaria – Basem Morsi (Moruf Yusuf 84′) – Khaled Kamar (Ahmed Ali 64′).
Al-Ragaa XI: Mohammed Fathi – Tarek Sami – Amr Nabil – Mohammed Asaad – Ahmed Abdel-Aal – Amir Ismail – Essam Salah – Mahmood EL-Maghrabi – Mo’tamed Mohsen – Tarek Salem (Ahmed Soqrat 82′) – Amr EL-Fayoumi (Mamadou Keita 66′).
The game kicked off with Zamalek attacking from the early minutes. In the 21st minute, Al-Ragaa were awarded a free-kick on the left side of the penalty box which was crossed in and failed to be dealt with by Zamalek’s defence for Tarek Salem to shock the Whites and place the ball into in the net, breaking Zamalek’s six-match clean sheet record.
Zamalek reacted fast and attacked the game viciously, and found the equaliser six minutes later from a header by Basem Morsi. Mohammed Shaaban, on his debut, assisted the goal through a well taken corner-kick.
Pacheco’s first substitution came in the 55th minute which saw debutant, Mohammed Shaaban, who was part of a three-man defensive midfield, make way for Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malik for Zamalek to go from a 4-3-1-2 formation to a classic 4-4-2.
As the Whites had most of the game’s possession in their hands, Pacheco decided to refresh his attackers by taking off Khaled Kamar for Ahmed Ali in the 64th minute of the game.
Zamalek’s attacking display and pressure saw them being awarded a penalty in the 70th minute when a high ball was failed to be cleared by Al-Ragaa’s defence, only for Koffi to perform an acrobatic bicycle-kick which got blocked by Amr Nabil’s hand inside the penalty box. Basem Morsi stepped up to take the penalty and managed to place it calmly on the right side of Al-Ragaa’s goalkeeper Mohammed Fathi, who had dived into the opposite direction.
As Zamalek looked to get all three points in their pockets, Pacheco called upon Nigerian playmaker Moruf Yousef to replace Basem Morsi in the 84th minute.
Three minutes later, Momen Zakaria ran into the right side of the box and crossed it in for Ahmed Ali to head the ball and score Zamalek’s winner.
As the game went to it’s dying minutes, Zamalek had stepped back and given away space for Al-Ragaa to attack them thinking they got three points in their hands but Al-Ragaa managed to score a goal through their substitute player Ahmed Soqrat, but their following efforts were not enough to give them a point.
In the 92nd minute of the match, Ahmed Ali managed to miss one of the weirdest and easiest chances you’ll see this season after rounding the keeper and shooting at Al Ragaa’s defender who was standing in the empty goal from the six yard box.
KingFut’s Man of the Match: Basem Morsi. His two goal’s showed clearly why he was worthy of a starting position and his enthusiasm during the game creating space for himself and his partners were crucial to the match’s outcome.