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VIDEO: Yusuf equalizer against Petrojet saves Zamalek from second loss
Egyptian Premier League holders Zamalek were held to a 1-1 draw by Petrojet at the Suez Stadium on Monday.
Former Zamalek striker Ahmed Gaafar opened the scoresheet giving Petrojet the lead in the 38th minute but it was cancelled by Moruf Yusuf equalizer in the 54th minute as both teams share the game points to avoid Zamalek’s second loss this season.
With this draw Zamalek climbed into fourth with 17 points from eight games, while Petrojet sit in 11th with 12 points.
Petrojet XI: Mohamed El-Shennawy; Moatsem Salem, Amro Hassan, Osama Mohamed, Ahmed Magdy, Hossam Hassan; Shebita, Yacob, Ahmed El Shennawy; Gaafar, James
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Gaber, Koffi, Gabr, Tolba; Ibrahim Salah, Hamed, Moruf Yusuf, Hamoudi; Mohamed Salem.
Zamalek started the game strongly and attempted to control the game from the start.
Zamalek missed the first chance of the game in the 15th minute, after Maarouf Yusuf went one-on-one with Petrojet’s Shennawy but failed to score.
Former Zamalek striker Ahmed Gaafar gave Petrojet the lead in the 38th minute; he unleashed a powerful shot from outside the box past a helpless Shennawy.
Yusuf again missed the chance for an early equaliser, but his shot was saved before Gaber’s cross was cleared by the Petrojet defense.
In the second minute of added time, Gaafar had a chance to increase his team’s lead; the 30 year old striker met Osama Mohamed’s cross with his head, but it his the bar as the first half ended with Petrojet in the lead.
Zamalek started the second half searching for the equalizer, and it came the 58th minute after a brilliant play by Tolba on the left flank. He then found teammate Yusuf, who finished with his left foot.
Zamalek went on to control the rest of the game but they couldn’t create any real danger.
Paqueta brought on Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, Bassem Morsi and Mostafa Fathi as the match wore on, to no avail.
In the 93rd minute, Yusuf was awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box but the defence managed to clear the resulting cross before Abdel-Khalek saw his subsequent shot fly over the bar.