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VIDEO: Three-star Zamalek overcome Contractors test
The Whites took the lead through Mohamed Koffi’s fantastic header, before Ahmed Eid made it 2-0 minutes later – the former Haras El-Hodood man then scored his second of the game in the second half to make it three.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Omar Gaber, Islam Gamal, Mohamed Koffi, Hamada Tolba; Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Tawfik; Ayman Hefny (Tarek Hamed), Hazem Emam, Ahmed Eid (Khaled Kamar), Bassem Morsi (Mostafa Fathy).
Arab Contractors XI: Mahmoud Abo El-Souod, Ahmed Ali, Ahmed Moody, Mahmoud Ezzat, Moatasem Salem (Sherif Alaa); Hossam Abdelaal, Sayed Hassan (Omar Gamal), Mohamed Abo-Sheasha’a; Mohamed Salem, Ernst Papa Arko (Mohamed Abdel-Wahed), Mohamed Fadl.
The Mountain Wolves had a chance to make it 1-0 early on, when Fadl latched onto a cross by Ahmed Aly, but his header went wide of the post.
Contractors were on the front foot, and Fadl wasted a second chance to open the scoring, when he somehow missed from close range.
The away side thought they’d made it 1-0 six minutes later, when the ever-present Fadl finished past Shennawy, but the ex-Al Ahly goal-getter was flagged for offside.
Zamalek put their foot on the pedal, and came agonisingly close to opening the scoring, but Ayman Hefny’s strike slammed against the woodwork.
Koffi opened the scoring for the Whites three minutes later, when his header found the net.
However, the yellow-blacks thought they were back in the game when they were awarded a penalty two minutes later, but Papa Arko saw his spot-kick saved by ‘Shenno’.
The response was instant, as Ahmed Eid finished past Abo El-Sououd to make it 2-0.
Sherif Alaa and Omar Gamal entered the game to try and cause a turnaround for Contractors, in place of Sayed Hassan and Moatasem Salem.
Zamalek though were not allowing a Petrojet-esque scenario to happen, making it 3-0 near the hour mark via Ahmed Eid, after some great footwork by Ayman Hefny.
Omar Gaber could’ve made it 4-0 soon after, but his shot was saved by Abo El-Sououd.
Hassan Shehata’s men went in search of a consolation, and came close to scoring one, but Salem’s header went over the bar.
Mohamed Fadl had the final chance of the game to make it 3-1, only to see his strike saved by Shennawy.