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VIDEO: Paquetá off to winning start as Zamalek defeat El-Hodood
Newly-appointed Zamalek manager Marcos Paquetá had a successful debut as the White Knights managed to beat Haras El-Hodood 2-0 in the eighth round of the Egyptian Premier League, thanks to goals from Omar Gaber and Mostafa Fathi.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Mohamed Adel Gomaa, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Omar Gaber; Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Tawfik; Mahmoud Kahraba, Ahmed Hamoudi, Ayman Hefni; Ahmed Hassan Mekki.
Haras El-Hodood XI: Ahmed Saad, Islam Ramadan, Mohamed Tarek Aboul-Ezz, Mahmoud Mubarak, Ali El-Feel, Islam Sayed, Islam Roshdy, Ahmed Ramadan, Mostafa Gamal, Mohamed Farouk, Islam Masoud.
The game started fast from Zamalek as the first attempt came from Kahraba in the 3rd minute, when the 21-year-old took a shot, but was saved by Haras El-Hodood goalkeeper Ahmed Saad.
El-Hodood had to make an early substitution as Moussa Yedan came in for Islam Roshdy who picked up an injury in the 8th minute, after a collision with Ali Gabr.
Two minutes later, Ahmed Hamoudi missed a great chance after he failed to convert a cross from Zamalek’s defender Mohamed Adel Gomaa.
El-Hodood’s first dangerous chance came in the 42nd minute when Islam Masoud headed Moussa Yedan’s cross, but was saved by Zamalek goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy, before Ali Gabr cleared the ball.
During the injury time, Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim Kahraba missed an easy chance as his shot went wide away after he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper following a cross from a free-kick.
Second Half :
In the 53rd minute, Paquetá made his first substitution as Mostafa Fathi came on to replace Basel loanee Ahmed Hamoudi.
Zamalek managed to take the lead in the 57th minute, after Omar Gaber lobbed the El-Hodood keeper following a through pass from Kahraba.
Four minutes later, Mostafa Fathi nearly doubled the lead when he got past the El-Hodood’s defender before taking a shot, but was easily saved by Ahmed Saad.
Paquetá made his second substitution at the 67th minute, bringing on Marouf Yusuf for Kahraba.
In the 82nd minute, Mostafa Fathi doubled the White Knights’ lead with a powerful shot from outside the box.
By this win, Zamalek are now fourth with 13 points from five games, while Haras El-Hodood sit at the bottom of the table with three points from eight games.
Zamalek’s next game will be against Tala’a El-Gaish on the 20th of December while Haras El-Hodood next game will be against Zamalek’s rivals Al Ahly on the 21st of the same month.