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VIDEO: Zamalek crowned champions following Al Ahly and Smouha draw
Zamalek have officially been crowned 2014/2015 Egyptian Premier League champions following Al Ahly and Smouha’s 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
The Whites were in need of one point to secure their first league title since 2003/2004 – meaning any slip-up from the Reds would ultimately crown them league champions.
The Blues opened the scoring via a Mohamed Hany own-goal, before they conceded eight minutes from time when Abdullah El-Said converted from the spot.
It is also worth mentioning that the game marked a reunion between Al Ahly and former boss Mohamed Youssef who was appointed Smouha manager a fortnight ago.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Sabry Rahil (Ramadan Sobhy), Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Mohamed Hany (Amr Gamal); Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly; Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’, Abdullah El-Said, Walid Soliman; Emad Meteb (Momen Zakaria).
Smouha XI: El-Mahdi Soliman, Ayman Ashraf, Yasser Ibrahim, Ahmed Fawzi, Ousmane Ouattara, Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek (Mostafa Talaat), Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’, Ahmed Shoukry, Hassan, Hany El-Egeizy, Hermann Kouao (Hossam Ghaly).
A goalless first half which veered towards the Reds when it came to chances.
Al Ahly skipper Emad Meteb kicked off the match in style, his fantastic header ruled out for offside.
Hani El-Egeizy, leading the lines for the Blues, had the chance to put his side in the lead, but Mohamed Hany was there to clear the ball away from danger.
In the 39th minute, Sabry Rahil crossed the ball from the left side to Walid Soliman whose strong header was cleared out by namesake El-Mahdi Soliman; a great save from the former ENPPI shot-stopper.
Al Ahly started the second half strongly; Abdullah El-Said found Trezeguet on the edge of the box, but the latter’s strike went wide.
The Blues’ counter attack was quick and Mohamed Hany’s attempt to clear it out resulted in an own goal, giving Smouha the lead, and putting the title within touching distance of Mit Okba.
Mohamed Hany tried to make amends for his error, with his cross finding Emad Meteb whose header however went just wide.
Despite their few attempts, Smouha were the more effective; Kouao’s strong strike forcing an Ekramy save in the 58th minute.
The Blues tried to put together a play akin to that which resulted in the goal; however, no-one was on the other end to capitalise on the delivery by Manga.
The 82nd minute witnessed a penalty call for Al Ahly when Amr Gamal was taken down by ex-Zamalek man Yasser Ibrahim; Abdullah El-Said made no mistake from the spot, 1-1.
Ibrahim received a second yellow card and was subsequently sent off for fouling Momen Zakaria in the 91st minute, reducing Mohamed Youssef’s men to 10.
Injury time saw many attempts by Al Ahly’s players to get a second, but none found the net.