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VIDEO: Ahmed Eid leads Zamalek to secure win against Damanhour
Zamalek managed to return to winning ways as they defeated Alaab Damanhour 2-1 in the 16th round of the Egyptian Premier League.
Coming out of a painful loss against ENPPI and the board-managerial conflict, Zamalek were in need of getting back to winning ways to keep a fierce title battle. Saleh Moussa played his first official game for Zamalek as Pacheco dropped 5 players from the starting line-up which played against ENPPI to beat Damanhour with a one goal margin.
Islam Gamal also made a short cameo at the end of the match.
Zamalek XI: Abou Gabal – Saleh Moussa – Mohammed Koffi – Ahmed Dweidar – Ahmed Samir – Ibrahim Salah – Ahmed Eid – Moruf Yusuf – Momen Zakaria (Ayman Hefni) – Khaled Kamar (Islam Gamal) – Bassem Morsi (Ahmed Tawfik.)
Alaab Damanhour XI: Ahmed Khatab – Ahmed Salem (Abou Kone) – Hossam Khalil – Hamdy Fathy – Radwan Yousif (Mohamed Samir) – Adel Abdel-Aziz – Abd-Ellah Galal – Mohammed Kowarshy – Eslam Abu-Offa – Hamada El-Ghanam – Mohammed Nasr (Islam Zakaria).
Zamalek started the match trying to dominate the midfield to easily switch to attack. The game was calm up until the 16th minute when Bassem Morsi’s cross to Khaled Kamar was cleared to a corner by Abdel-illah Galal.
Close after that chance Zamalek hit the post for the first time this match. It was just moments later when Momen Zakaria broke the deadlock in this game in the 22nd minute. Ahmed Eid fantastic sprinting dribble from halfway line to go past Alaab Damanhour’s defenders in quick succession, crossing the ball to Momen who was left unmarked, who scored worldly, curling the ball into the top corner with ease.
Damanhour’s first real attempt came in the 32nd minute but Mohammed Koffi managed to head the ball away from danger.
Six minutes later, a free-kick from Eid was played short to Moruf Yusuf whose shot from 25 yards out rattled the post with Bassem Morsi missed the rebound.
Both teams went into the second half with the same 11 players that they had originally started the game.
Momen Zakaria’s cross was headed by Basem Morsi but was inches off the near post in the 51st minute.
In the 59th minute, Ahmed Eid, once again, dribbled past Damanhour’s defenders easily before crossing the ball in to Khaled Kamar who headed the ball towards the goal but only managed to hit the near post from 4 yards out.
Three minutes later, Ahmed Eid’s blocked the ball from a Damanhour defender’s clearance which made its way to Khaled Kamar, who dribble past Ahmed Khatab and managed to score to give Zamalek a two goal lead.
Damanhour tried to get back into the game, bringing on former Zamalek player Abou Kone in the 71st minute. A well played cross fell in front of the Ivorian, who shot wide.
In the 76th minute, a free-kick to Damanhour was taken by Hamdy Fathy who crossed it to Abou Kone. The Ex-Zamalek attacker’s header went toward Mohammed Nasr, who managed to pull one back for Damanhour with another header.
Alaab Damanhour’s player got a dose of confidence towards the last 10 minutes of the game. Another cross by Hamada El-Ghanam was met by Mohammed Nasr who headed over the target from inside of the box in disbelief.
Another attempt, just two minutes later, was missed by Alaab Damanhour. A cross penetrated the Zamalek defence and reached Hamdy Fathy who passed it to Abou Kone in the 6 yard box but the Ivorian hit the ball over the goal.
KingFut’s Man of the match: Ahmed Eid’s performance was a crucial factor for Zamalek winning the three points today. His 2 assists for the match goals and another 2 key passes from which Moruf and Kamar hit the post were the highlight of his game.