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VIDEO: Zamalek new boys dazzle Haras to advance to Egyptian Cup quarters

Posted on August 15, 2015

Zamalek SC

Egyptian Premier League champions Zamalek beat Haras El-Hodood 3-1 to knock Abdel-Hamid Bassiouny’s side out of the Cup for the second time in a row.

 manager  followed his usual 4-3-3/4-3-2-1 formation with Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ starting his second game in a row.

First half

The White Knights dominated the game’s first half, creating chance after chance, however, Zamalek’s forwards failed to exploit any of them.

Fifteen minutes into the game, ex-ENPPI forward Kahraba chested the ball down to Zamalek’s top scorer Bassem Morsi, whose shot went over the bar.

A few minutes later, both players connected once again. Kahraba dribbled past two players down the left flank before flicking the ball to Ayman Hefny. The latter then crossed the ball to Morsi who wasted yet another chance.

24-year-old Bassem Morsi then went on to waste his third chance of the game as he headed Hefny’s cross wide. It was Morsi who nearly broke the deadlock but his his superb volley was cleared for a corner-kick.

Bad news struck the Whites as 29-year-old Ayman Hefny was substituted for Mostafa Fathy due to injury.

Haras El-Hodood’s only chance of the first half came 30 minutes into the game. A perfect cross found Khaled Mayez, whose headed ball was flicked over the bar by Mahmoud Gennesh.

Second half

In the second half, Zamalek continued their trend of wasting chances on the night as new signing Kahraba spurned two more easy scoring opportunities.

Mostafa Fathy then struck hard at the 71-minute mark as he scored two goals in quick succession. The first came following a thunderous shot from the right while the second came moments later, as Kahraba assisted his first of the night.

Haras were then awarded a penalty which substitute Mohamed Ramadan Hamed slotted to score his side’s first goal against Zamalek in four games.

Ex-Smouha star Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek came on for his debut 10 minutes before the final whistle and scored his first goal for the club minutes later, as Kahraba created his second of the game as the game ended 3-1.

Zamalek are to play Ittihad of Alexandria on Tuesday in the competition’s quarter-finals.


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