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VIDEO: Brilliant Bassem puts Zamalek one point away from league title
The Cairo giants went into today’s game knowing that four points from their next 2 games against both Al-Nasr and bitter rivals Al Ahly would garuntee them a first title in almost 11 years.
A hat-trick from Bassem Morsi and a lone goal from Mostafa Fathy sealed the win for the Whites, who now need a sole point from their next four games to secure the title.
Al-Nasr XI: Essam Tharwat; Ahmed El-Sebaei, Hamouda Samir, Othman Keita, Karim El-Komi (Mohamed El-Refai); Ahmed El-Agouz, Ahmed Fawzy, Ahmed Felix, Abdullah Gomaa; Abdulaziz El-Shaer (Dokheir Mohamed), Ahmed El-Saidi (Ibrahim Mostafa).
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Hamada Tolba, Ali Gabr (Islam Gamal), Mohamed Koffi, Ahmed Samir; Ibrahim Salah (Youssef Obama), Moruf Youssef, Mostafa Fathy, Ayman Hefny (Tarek Hamed); Bassem Morsi, Khaled Kamar.
The game started off as you’d expect: high tempo and full of energy as both teams looked to get all three points for different reasons, and it was Zamalek who had the first half chance as Ayman Hefny’s shot went wide.
However, it was not that long before they found the net and it was Whites’ top scorer Morsi who found the net when Hefny’s shot rebounded and Morsi was there to head it into the net.
Al-Nasr did not lay back though; a brilliant move ended up with Zamalek keeper Ahmed El Shennawy rushing out to deny El Saidi.
It wasn’t long before they were made to pay as Zamalek scored a second through Morsi, who took his tally to two for the night, a goal that came as a result of awful defending from the hosts who failed to clear the ball before reaching an unmarked Bassem who finished with ease.
White Castle coach Jesualdo Ferriera seemed confident of the result, as he took off star defender Ali Gabr with less than 30 minutes into the half remaining to avoid the possibility of accumulating too many bookings – preventing him from playing the Cairo Derby.
In the second half Al-Nasr looked a different side as they kept the ball well and nearly ended another move well but El Saidi was poor with his final ball.
Zamalek seemed comfortable despite the hosts’ upper hand, and minutes later KingFut’s man of the match, Bassem Morsi, made it three with an absolute belter.
The flood gates didn’t stop there though; Mostafa Fathy made it four after he cut across the whole Al-Nasr defence before placing the ball underneath the keeper to start the much anticipated party.
There was more to the game though, as the hosts hit the woodwork twice in the space of two minutes – midfield maestro Ahmed El-Agouz’s absolute rocket slammed against the bar, whilst Dokheir’s curled strike followed a similar path.