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VIDEO: Zamalek beat Smouha on penalties to face Al Ahly in Egypt Cup final
Reigning champions Zamalek have secured their place in Egypt Cup final after defeating Smouha in a penalty shootout on the competition’s semi-final on Thursday.
After a goalless draw, Zamalek managed to qualify for Egypt’s Cup final for the third time in a row by beating Smouha on penalties.
Zamalek XI: Gennesh; Hamada Tolba, Ali Gabr, Koffi, Hazem Emam; Tarek Hamed, Moruf Yusuf, Ahmed Tawfik; Mahmoud Kahraba, Ahmed Hamoudi, Bassem Morsi.
Smouha XI: El-Mahdi Soliman; Yasser Ibrahim, Mahmoud Ezzat, Amr Saad, Ahmed Fawzy, Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’, Mahmoud Sayed, Islam Mohareb, Amr El-Menoufy, Hossam Salama ‘Paulo’, Hany El-Egeizy.
Smouha tried to force their control since the very beginning. Their first attempt came in the second minute when Mahmoud Sayed received a cross from Hany El-Egeizy, however his shot was blocked by Gennesh.
The Alexandrian team continued their pressure and were close to scoring their first goal in the 8th minute. Zamalek goalkeeper denied Hany El-Egeizy from scoring as he converted his shot into a corner.
The Whites tried to ease the pressure by depending on counter-attacks, however, Smouha’s defense were alert and blocked their efforts.
The flow of pressure continued towards Zamalek goal with Hossam Paulo squandering a chance to score, as he failed to take advantage of Islam Mohareb’s cross.
The first dangerous attempt on Smouha’s goal came from a counter-attack, however, Kahraba’s shot failed to hit the target.
Zamalek’s attempts continued as Hamoudi scored a goal at the end of the first half, however it was ruled out for a foul on Smouha’s defender.
Three minutes from half time, Bassem Morsi sent a shot from outside the 18-yard-box that went over Smouha’s crossbar.
In the 52nd minute, Hamoudi received a crossing from Kahraba, but his shot went over the bar. Five minutes later, Hamoudi tried his luck again and sent a week shot from inside the box that went wide of Somouha’s right post.
In an attempt to gain control over the game, Zamalek manager Ferreira made a double substation with Hamoudi making way in for Mohamed Ibrahim and Mostafa Fathi replacing Morsi in the 67th minute.
In the 77th minute, Gennesh was about to cost his team a goal as he went outside of the penalty box, but Smouha’s striker failed to take advantage of the goalkeeper’s mistake.
In the last minute of injury time, Zamalek were awarded a free-kick inches outside the box, however, Mekki’s effort was perished away by Soliman who converted it into a corner. With full time ending 0-0, the game headed to penalties.
At five penalties each, the score was 3-3 to send the game to sudden death. Smouha missed their sixth penalty, while Tawfik scored to send Zamalek through to the final. Zamalek will face Al Ahly, who qualified for the final after beating Petrojet 3-1, on Monday.