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VIDEO: 10-man Zamalek snatch win over Contractors
Ten-man Zamalek snatched a 2-1 late win over Arab Contractors in the fourth round of the Egyptian Premier League.
Zamalek made a comeback victory against Contractors in a game that saw the White Knights left a man down for most of the match as Tarek Hamed was sent off the field in the 16th minute.
Arab Contractors XI: Mahmoud Abou El-Seoud, Ahmed Moudi, Sayed Hassan (Mahmoud Shedid 75), Mohamed Samir, Ahmed Ali, Ali Rabu, Mohamed Abou Sheashaa, Hamada El-Ghannam, Mohamed Shaaban (Taher Mohamed 77), Mohamed Zika, Eslam Fouad (Omar Gamal 63)
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Omar Gaber, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Dewidar, Mohamed Adel; Marouf Youssef, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Ibrahim (Ibrahim Salah 20), Ayman Hefny (Ahmed Hassan 67), Mahmoud Kahraba; Bassem Morsi (Mostafa Fathi 46)
The first attempt came in the 5th minute, when the Contractors’ striker sent a header, but was saved by Zamalek goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy.
Zamalek’s Tarek Hamed received the first yellow card in the game in the 11th minute, after a foul on one of the Contractors’ players.
Five minutes later, Hamed received his second yellow card and was sent off the field after another foul.
In response, Zamalek’s manager Ferreira brought on Ibrahim Salah to replace Mohamed Ibrahim in an attempt to regain control over midfield.
Contractors had a dangerous chance in the 20th minute; however, El-Shennawy was able to save Contractors’ strong shot.
The Contractors continued to cause problems to Zamalek defense, as Sayed Hassan sent a shot that El-Shennawy failed to save, before Zamalek defense converted it into a corner.
The first dangerous chance for Zamalek came in the 47th minute, however, Ayman Hefny committed a foul inside the box to lose the chance of putting the Whites ahead.
Arab Contractors opened the scoring in the 52nd minute by Hamada El-Ghannam, after he sent a shot towards the left corner of El-Shennawy’s goal.
In the 69th minute, Omar Gaber fell to the ground after a strong collision with Sayed Hassan. The game was stopped for two minutes, until both players were treated.
Ahmed Hassan Mekki equalized for Zamalek in the 72nd minute with a shot from inside the box.
Two minutes to full time, Zamalek were awarded a penalty and Ahmed Dweidar stepped up to take it from the spot to place it with “Panenka” style, putting Zamalek in the lead.
By this win, Zamalek are now on top of the table with 10 points waiting for Al Ahly’s game tomorrow. Contractors, however, sit in the 16th place with two points.