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VIDEO: Petrojet hold Zamalek to a late draw
A second half goal from Bassem Morsi’s header gave the White’s the lead in the 67th minute of the match and seemed to put them 11 points ahead of their rivals Al Ahly, but a last minute goal for Petrojet was scored by James Owoboskini to give each team a point they deserve.
Petrojet XI: Mohamed El-Shennawy; Amr Hassan (Abdelaziz Emam 78′), Sameh Shousha, Mohamed Dabash, Osama Mohamed (Hesham Abou Khalil 83′); Ahmed Magdy, Mostafa Shebeita, James Teddy Owoboskini, Ahmed El-Shennawy; Shemeles Bekele (Ehab El Masry 83′), Mohamed Ragab.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Hamada Tolba; Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Tawfik (Mostafa Fathy 45′), Omar Gaber, Ahmed Eid (Khaled Kamar 56′), Ayman Hefny (Moruf Yusuf 70′); Bassem Morsi.
The White’s first attempt on goal came from Ahmed Tawfik in the 11th minute. A through pass from Bassem Morsi was met by Omar Gaber who managed to cross the ball to Ahmed Tawfik but his header was higher than the target. Ayman Hefny came close to scoring in the 25th minute of the game after a defensive miss pass from Petrojet was collected well by Omar Gaber, for Hefny to dribble into the box and misplace the shot wide.
The counter attack resulted in a penalty appeal for Petrojet but was denied by the referee. James Owoboskini tried to dribble past Ali Gabr but tripped on his own foot as he entered the penalty box.
Two minutes later, Zamalek’s Ahmed Eid played a well timed cross to Bassem Morsi who was put in front of the goal, and had only the goalkeeper to beat. Morsi’s foot failed to strike the ball accurately, only for it to rebound back to Eid once again as he lost it to Petrojet’s defense.
A last first half attempt from Petrojet came from Mostafa Shebeita. He was on the receiving end of a cross towards the near goal post, but his header failed to strike the target.
Petrojet started the second half fiercely attacking the league leader. Owoboskini’s shot in the 50th minute of the game was brilliantly saved by Ahmed El-Shennawy. Petrojet was stable in defense as they attacked, however, their attempts were not so dangerous. Zamalek’s defense was called upon many time to clear the danger away.
In the 67th minute of the match, a throw in from Omar Gaber was met by Ayman Hefny. Hefny rounded his marker very well, only to run towards the line along the penalty box. He then attempted a cross which was met by Bassem Morsi’s head to give Zamalek a one goal lead.
Bassem Morsi was once again under the spotlights in the 77th minute. His run into the penalty box was ended by his dive to the floor. The referee once again denied the claim and punished Morsi for his dive with a yellow card. Four minutes later, Mostafa Fathy’s dangerous run into the penalty box looked likely to end at the back of the net but Moruf Yusuf’s shot meant otherwise as it was too high above the target.
As the referee added four minutes of stoppage time, Petrojet were attacking viciously but Zamalek were quick on the counter. Bassem Morsi’s dangerous effort on goal could have killed the game however his selfishness of scoring a second for himself denied the Whites the goal.
A counter attack for Petrojet in the last minute was a state of Do-or-Die for the team. As the team crowded into Zamalek’s penalty box for their last effort, a cross from the right was met with a lot of trouble from the White’s defense. A billiard-like shot landed in front of Owoboskini as he found no difficulty in scoring the equalizer for his team from the six-yard box.
Petrojet 0 – 1 Zamalek
Petrojet 1 – 1 Zamalek