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VIDEO: Zamalek edge Ittihad of Alexandria to reach semi-finals
With the 90 minutes ending goalless, the game headed straight to a shootout as Mahmoud Abdel-Rehim ‘Gennesh’ made to brilliant stops to deny Abdelrahman Farouk and Ramzi Khaled from scoring their respective spot-kicks.
Ittihad of Alexandria XI: Mahmoud El-Sayed; Ahmed El-Sayed, Abdelrahman Farouk, Amr Nabil, Hisham Shehata; Ramzi Khaled, Karim Mansh (Khamis Hosny), Mohamed Adel, Hani Said; Tarek Salem (Akram Abd Rabo), Patrick Ngoma (Ahmed El-Alfy).
Zamalek XI: Mahmoud Abdel-Rehim ‘Gennesh’; Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Sherif Alaa, Ahmed Tawfik; Ibrahim Salah, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Kahraba, Mostafa Fathy (Mohamed Ibrahim), Moruf Youssef (Mohamed Salem); Bassem Morsi (Ahmed Hassan Mekki).
Zamalek wasted numerous chances in the first half, and it all started when Tarek Hamed played a through ball to Mahmoud Kahraba whose strike was saved by Mahmoud El-Sayed.
Star striker Bassem Morsi’s most noticeable chance was a missed header in the 25th minute, after Nigerian midfielder Moruf Yussuf delivered a really good cross for the striker – but the former Entag El-Harby forward’s header went wide.
Morsi missed another really good chance; his header going just over El-Sayed’s bar – the game ending 0-0.
The striker had his thunderous shot saved by Mahmoud El-Sayed with five minutes of the half remaining, much to the relief of the Ittihad faithful.
Bassem Morsi was once again at the centre of danger when he latched onto Kahraba’s cross, but his header went wide.
The Whites pressed hard with manager Jesualdo Ferreira adding Ahmed Hassan Mekki to replace the unlucky Bassem Morsi while Mohamed Ibrahim replaced pacey winger Mostafa Fathi. Newest signing Mohamed Salem also made late cameo deep into the second half. However with all these changes, Ittihad still stood firm to bring the game straight to penalties after the 90th minute, despite missing several chances through Kahraba and Tarek Hamed.
Penalties saw Zamalek prevail – Mohamed Ibrahim, Kahraba, Tarek Hamed, and Ahmed Hassan Mekki all scoring for the Whites, whilst Ibrahim Salah had his spot-kick saved.
Ittihad on the other hand, Abdelrahman Farouk and Ramzi Khaled had their spot-kicks saved, while Mohamed Adel and Hisham Shehata scored theirs.