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VIDEO: Zamalek stumble with loss to stubborn Misr El-Maqassa
League leaders Zamalek stumbled to just their second league defeat of the season as they lost 2-1 thanks to an inspired second half performance by Maqassa.
The game started with high intensity as El Maqassa attempted to shock the Egyptian giants.
However, it was Zamalek who dominated the first 15 minutes without creating any clear-cut chances, until Zamalek appealed for a penalty after they thought Mostafa Fathy was tripped inside the box.
The referee waved it off and rightly so as it seemed the young winger had dived.
Al Maqassa tried to threaten with a set piece straight after but Koffi was there to rescue Zamalek on the line.
Zamalek soon had the breakthrough though after 28 minutes when a strange penalty was given after Mostafa Fathy fell inside the box, and yet again it seemed like the young starlet seemed to dive.
Omar Gaber stepped up and he calmly slotted home to give Zamalek the lead.
Zamalek were gathering momentum and Mostafa Fathy was again involved; his brilliant through ball found Ahmed Ali who passed it back to Fathy but his shot was blocked brilliantly by the hosts’ defence.
The beginning of the second half was dominated by Zamalek possession-wise, but it was Maqassa who had the first chance; Abo-El-Magd’s inviting cross nearly found Wael Farag but Ali Gabr was there to clear the dangerous cross.
Maqassa didnt’ stop there- Ahmed El-Sheikh was sent through on goal but decided to cross it after Zamalek ‘keeper El Shennawy rushed out, and Ali Gabr was there to clear off the line.
Moments later, the hosts’ danger man El-Sheikh earned a free-kick on the edge of the box. He then curled it neatly into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.
Zamalek – as expected – attacked straight away after the unexpected goal, but it was Maqassa who took advantage on the counter attack on the 70th minute, when the impressive El-Sheikh took on three Zamalek players on the edge of the box and nearly beat all of them until Koffi tripped him inside the box.
Former Zamalek defender Hany Said took the resulting penalty and slotted the ball into the top right corner to shock the Egyptian giants.
Zamalek pushed on for an equaliser and they thought they had a penalty after Mostafa Fathy was cut off inside the box, and despite initially giving the penalty, the referee took his linesman’s advice that Fathy was actually tripped outside the box and a foul was given instead.
Maqassa defended defiantly for the final few minutes as they ground out a valuable win.
Zamalek remain in pole position with 77 points, while their opponents will stay in fourth with a points total of 61, a club record.