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Zamalek held to goalless draw by Aswan
Zamalek were held to a goalless draw against newly-promoted Aswan in the second round of the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday.
Aswan XI: Mahmoud Reda, Ibrahim El-Qadi, El-Sayed El-Shabrawi, Hamada El-Sayed, Fouad Salama, Ibrahim El-Shayeb, Ahmed Hossam, Osama Marei (Amir Abed 90′), Mohamed Rizk, Shoukri Naguib, Mohamed Fawzi (Mohamed El-Fayoumi 69′)
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Omar Gaber, Ahmed Dewidar, Islam Gamal, Mohamd Adel (Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek 70′); Tarek Hamed, Moruf Youssef, Ayman Hefny (Mohamed Salem 62′), Mahmoud Kahraba, Mohamed Ibrahim (Mostafa Fathi 45′); Bassem Morsi
Despite forcing their control over the game, the White Knights failed to score away to record their first draw of this season’s campaign after winning their first game against Wadi Degla. Aswan’s strong defense throughout the game gave the league newcomers their first premier league point.
Zamalek managed to force their control over the first few minutes of the first half, but without causing any danger on Aswan’s post.
The first dangerous chance came in the 9th minute, when Omar Gaber sent a pass to Kahraba, who missed the target by sending it over the post. Mohamed Ibrahim, also, tried his luck in the 26th minute but his shot went wide.
Zamalek’s pressure continued as Bassem Morsi was close to score the opening goal, however, Mohamed Ibrahim’s cross was cleared by Aswan’s defense before reaching Morsi.
Aswan’s Omar Marie missed the chance to score his team’s first goal in the 37th minute, as El-Shennawy was able to block his shot, ending the first half goalless.
Ferreira brought on Mostafa Fathi instead of Mohamed Ibrahim in the beginning of the second half, in an attempt to improve his attacking options.
In the 62nd minute, Zamalek made their second substitution as Mohamed Salem came on to replace Ayman Hefny. Three minutes later, Kahraba sent a shot but Aswan’s goalkeeper saved it easily.
Aswan’s Shokry Naguib sent a strong shot towards Zamalek post, but El-Shennawy was able to defend his post by diverting it into a corner.
As Zamalek increased their pressure in an attempt to earn the three points, Bassem Morsi and Mohamed Salem missed a chance to score. Salem’s shot was blocked by Aswan’s defense, before Morsi found the ball but ended up sending it beside the left post to end the game in a draw.
Zamalek sit in the fifth place of the league table with four while Aswan earned their first point, after losing against Ittihad of Alexandria in the first round, to sit in the 13th place.
The title holders will face Entag El-Harby in the next game on Saturday, while Aswan will play against Tala’a El-Geish on Monday.