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VIDEO: Perfect Zamalek dispatch Damanhour
Zamalek dispatched Damanhour 3-0 in the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday night at the Petrosport Stadium.
The Whites needed a win against the already relegated Blues to continue their surge at the top of the table, especially with both Al Ahly and ENPPI achieving wins against Misr El-Maqassa and Al Masry, respectively.
Ahmed Eid gave the White Castle the lead heading into half-time, before Ayman Hefny and Tarek Hamed got their names on the scoresheet to seal all three points.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Omar Gaber, Islam Gamal, Ali Gabr, Hamada Tolba; Ahmed Tawfik, Tarek Hamed, Moruf Youssef (Bassem Morsi); Ahmed Eid, Ayman Hefny (Hazem Emam), Khaled Kamar (Mostafa Fathy).
Damanhour XI: Ahmed El-Khattab; Ahmed Salem, Abdellah Galal, Amr Bassyouny, Mohamed Kawarshy, Ahmed Nassef, Islama Abou-Affa (Mostafa Afroto), Islam Zakaria (Hossam Khalil), Hamada El-Ghannam, Hamdy Fathy, Abou Kone.
Abou Kone had the chance to score early on from a corner, but it didn’t materialise, keeping the scoreline at 0-0.
Islam Gamal threatened Ahmed El-Khattab’s goal on the other end with a powerful shot that went wide of the far post.
The Whites were in complete control at that point and came agonisingly close to making it 1-0 when Moruf Youssef played the ball to Hefny whose strike was parried away by Khattab.
The corresponding corner led to the opening goal, as the ball fell to Ahmed Eid on the far post whose finish hit the post before going in.
Ahmed Tawfik could’ve had a wonder goal soon after, when his powerful left-footed strike smashed against the bar in what could’ve been one of the goals of the season.
Nine minutes into the second period and the Whites were awarded a penalty when the ball appeared to have hit Abdellah Galal’s arm.
Hefny’s corresponding spot-kick was saved by Khattab, but to the luck of the Beheira-based club, the ball fell to the playmaker once again who made no mistake from close range.
After a long period of cooled down play, the Whites added a third when Tarek Hamed’s strike from long range went underneath the hands of Khattab to seal the game.
Substitute Bassem Morsi missed an absolute sitter to make it 4-0 five minutes from time, as his finish from inside the six-yard box slammed against the post.