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VIDEO: Champions Zamalek overcome Tala’a El-Gaish
The Whites were officially crowned champions of Egypt on Tuesday following Al Ahly’s 1-1 draw against Smouha, and were able to celebrate a first title in 11 years with a slim victory over the army club.
An own goal from Mohamed Hashem and Ahmed Eid’s finish put Zamalek firmly in the driving seat before Hashem made amends for his error with a goal of his own; Bassem Morsi then took his tally to 18 goals, while Islam Kamal nodded home to make it 3-2.
Tala’a El-Gaish XI: Mohamed Bassam; Ahmed Shedid, Raed Mansy, Mohamed Hashem, Mahmoud Hamdy; Moataz Eno (Mohamed Sherif), Islam Kamal, Said Kamal, Mohamed Ashraf (Hassan Youssef), Mohamed Hanafy; Arafa El-Sayed (Ahmed Okka).
Zamalek XI: Mohamed Abou-Gabal; Omar Gaber, Islam Gamal, Mohamed Koffi, Ahmed Samir; Tarek Hamed (Saleh Moussa), Mohamed Shaaban (Ahmed Tawfik), Ayman Hefny, Ahmed Eid (Moruf Yusuf), Mostafa Fathy; Bassem Morsi.
Zamalek kicked things off with a goal 12 minutes in when Mostafa Fathy’s cross was converted by Hashem.
Minutes later and Ahmed Eid put his name on the scoresheet with a good finish to assure the Whites’ hegemony inside the first quarter of an hour.
Tala’a though were no runovers and could’ve had a goal of their own four minutes later if it wasn’t for Abou-Gabal’s top save to deny Ahmed Shedid’s deflected cross.
The champions could’ve made it 3-0 just before the break if it wasn’t for Mahmoud Zaky’s perfect clearance to deny Morsi, just before Fathy blazed the rebound over the bar.
The start of the second half was electrifying; Mohamed Hashem’s header all of a sudden put the home side back in the game – 2-1.
Former Zamalek striker Arafa El-Sayed could’ve equalized for Tala’a minutes later, but his finish went well off target.
Bassem Morsi finally got his first of the game to but him one point off Dakheya’s Hossam Paolo in the goalscoring charts, finishing off a great move – which saw Fathy combine really well with Moruf Youssef.
Ahmed Shedid’s corner one minute from time resulted in the game’s final goal as Islam Kamal rose above everyone to make it 3-2.