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VIDEO: Zamalek ease past Assiouty Sport to reclaim top spot
The Whites recorded their eighth win this season to go top of the Egyptian Premier League table at Assiut Stadium, thanks to goals from Ahmed Ali, Hazem Emam and Ahmed Eid.
Assiouty Sport XI: Mostafa Hassan; Mahmoud Shedid, Islam Gamal, ‘Tedy’, Mohamed Salah; Mohamed Ibrahim Sayed, Mohamed Shedid Kennawi, Abdallah El-Ballat, Essam Abdein; Attia El-Nashwi, Karim Mansh.
Zamalek XI: Mohamed Abou-Gabal; Omar Gaber, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Dweidar, Ahmed Samir; Hazem Emam, Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Tawfik, Momen Zakaria; Ahmed Ali, Basem Morsi.
The visitors didn’t need much time to open the scoring after Ahmed Ali met Ahmed Tawfik’s superb cross with a great header just two minutes into the game to take the lead for his side.
Zamalek dominated the game after the first goal with two great chances from Hazem Emam and Momen Zakaria, only for their chances to end up in the Assiouty’s goalkeeper’s hands.
Seven minutes after the first goal, Hazem Emam added the second for his side with a powerful shot that went past through the keeper after Basem Morsi’s great effort to steal the ball from the opposition.
Assiouty Sport’s first chance came in the eleventh minute after Attia El-Nashwi went past Ali Gabr, only for his shot to be saved by Abou-Gabal.
The Whites tried to add a third goal in the twenty first minute through a great cross from Hazem Emam to Ahmed Ali, whose shot was blocked by goalkeeper Mostafa Hassan.
Nothing changed in the start of the second half with Zamalek dominating the game and Assiouty Sport trying to claw their way back into the match.
Again, Zamalek came close to scoring after second-half substitute Ayman Hefny’s pass into the penalty area fell to Ahmed Ali, who was in a one-on-one situation but his shot was met by the goalkeeper’s face.
Finally, Assiouty Sport got the chance to open the scoring through El-Brens Nakani in the 66th minute, taking advantage of Ahmed Samir’s mistake to cut the gap with the visitors.
73 minutes into the game, the Whites regained control when they were awarded a penalty through Ahmed Ali, who was tackled by an Assiouty defender. Ahmed Eid was getting ready to take the penalty when Pacheco, Zamalek’s coach, asked for Ahmed Samir to take it instead, but the left-back’s shot was saved by the keeper.
On the 86th minute, Ahmed Eid’s chip shot was saved by a heroic attempt from the defender, and with the post helping, denying Zamalek their third goal of the game.
The third goal would eventually come however as Zamalek were awarded a free-kick, which Omar Gaber crossed into the penalty area and Ahmed Eid met it with a fabulous header for the Whites to kill the game in the final minute, ending any hopes for the hosts to equalise.
With this win Zamalek top the table with 28 points from twelve games with Assiouty Sport’s points tally freezing at 4 points, with the newly-promoted side sitting bottom of the table.
Zamalek are set to host El-Gouna on December 18th in matchday 14, while Assiouty Sport are set to travel to face Damanhour on the same day.