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Three star Zamalek overcome resilient Misr El-Maqassa
Zamalek managed to net three past Misr El-Maqassa and tighten the gap on league leaders ENPPI.
Ahmed Samir opened the scoring with a penalty, before Ayman Abdel Aziz’s wonder goal equalised for Ehab Galal’s men; Mo’men Zakaria and Bassem Morsi scored late on though to make it 3-1.
Zamalek XI: Mohammed AbouGabal – Omar Gaber – Ahmed Dweidar – Ali Gabr – Ahmed Samir – Hazem Emam (Khalid Kamar) – Ibrahim Salah – Tarek Hamed – Momen Zakaria – Ayman Hefny (Ahmed Tawfik) – Bassem Morsy (Ahmed Eid.)
Misr El-Maqassa XI: Mostafa Kamal – Ahmed Samy – Ahmed El-Sayed – Mahmoud Bazeid – Sami Abdel Aziz – Abdullah Farouk – Hani Saeed – Ahmed ElSheikh – Saeed Mourad (Wael Farag) – Hussein ElShahat (Ayman Abdel Aziz) – El-Sayed Hamdy (Ahmed Zaghlool)
Zamalek once again dictated the play in the first 20 minutes of the first half without any real threat on goal. Their first attempt came right at the 20 minute mark. A beautiful but short one-two pass between Zakaria and Morsy saw Momen run into the penalty box and take a shot on goal, but his attempt was cleared to a corner by Mostafa Kamal.
The corresponding corner was also another threat on goal as Bassem Morsy headed the ball upwards but a failed clearance front the defenders only gave Ali Gabr an opportunity to miss from a close range.
The half calmed down from both sides as each team fought hard to claim possession in a battle in the midfield, Jaime Pacheco called upon Khaled Kamar to warm up on the touchline. However, Bassem Morsy, who fights for a regular spot with Kamar pressured Ahmed Samy in his own box to get the ball off him and dribble deep inside before Ahmed El-Sayed got him down to award Zamalek a penalty.
As Morsi was taken off to receive treatment, Ahmed Samir took the penalty in a very calm manner placing the ball on the right hand side of Mostafa Kamel to give Zamalek the lead.
The second half saw Pacheco a classic 4-2-2-2 formation having brought in Khaled Kamar as a second striker next to Bassem Morsy.
Ehab Galal depended on a solution from his substitute, and it was Ex-Zamalek captain Ayman Abdel Aziz who equalised five minutes upon entering by scoring an exquisite goal which found the top-left corner.
Zamalek fiercely attacked their opponent to try and regain the lead until Omar Gaber’s low cross was met by Momen Zakaria, who tapped it into the back of the net in the 70th minute.
As the game approached it’s dying minutes, Misr El-Maqassa’s lack of fitness came to play a role in Zamalek’s third goal. Bassem Morsy took advantage of a missedd back pass to Mostafa Kamal, through which he cleverly chipped in an empty goal. As Ahmed El-Sayed tried to clear the ball, he however did the opposite, as he placed it himself to give Zamalek a 2 goal difference lead.
Man of the Match: Ahmed Dweidar’s performance will definitely give Pacheco a headache once Koffi has returned from his ban. Dweidar was available at every ball to regain possession for his team and won most of his tackles and aerial duels.