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VIDEO: Zamalek beat Smouha on penalties to face Al Ahly in Egypt Cup final

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Posted on September 17, 2015

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Reigning champions Zamalek have secured their place in 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, , Ahmed Tawfik; , 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.

First Half

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, ’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.

Second Half

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 , who qualified for the final after beating Petrojet 3-1, on Monday.

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