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Egyptian champions Zamalek lost 1-0 in Ismailia Stadium, with Zamalek loanee Islam Gamal scoring the winner for Ismaily, while the Whites were reduced to 10 men towards the end of the match.
This match marked Khaled El-Kamash’s managerial return to Ismaily, while Zamalek manager Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ was suspended for unsporting behaviour after being involved in an incident following the 1-1 draw with Smouha in the 16th round of the Egyptian Premier League. Zambia and former Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka was making his debut for Zamalek.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Hamada Tolba, Mohamed Koffi, Ali Gabr, Adel Gomaa; Ahmed Tawfik, Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, Moruf Yusuf; Ayman Hefny, Mostafa Fathi, Emmanuel Mayuka.
Ismaily XI: Mohamed Awad; Shawky El-Said, Islam Gamal, Taha Adel, Ahmed Samir Farag; Mahmoud Metwally, Omar El-Wahsh, Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, Ahmed Samir; Emmanuel Banehene, Marwan Mohsen.
The game was a thoroughly entertaining one from the start but it was Ismaily who were surprisingly the team that attacked Zamalek from the off.
Ismaily started with two strikers but rather than the recently impressive Mohsen, it was Banahene who had the chances early for Ismaily.
After great work from another Zamalek loanee at Ismaily, Ahmed Samir on the right flank, he cut back to Banahene but his shot was saved brilliantly by El-Shennawy. Marwan Mohsen also got a great chance after some poor Zamalek defending, he reacted first to El-Said’s shot but it hit the crossbar.
Zamalek did up their level toward the end of the half when Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek had his shot cleared off the line by the impressive Islam Gamal.
A minute later Ismaily were gifted a deserved lead, both Zamalek loanees Samir and Gamal combined from a free-kick and Gamal found the net from a near impossible angle for his first goal in an Ismaily shirt.
The second half started exactly like the first, with Ismaily once again attacking. Marwan Mohsen should have done better with Samir Farag’s cross but headed it wide.
Zamalek were putting immense pressure on the Daraweesh and they finally got their golden chance, Hefny found Fathi with a brilliant deep cross but the youngster saw his shot edge wide.
The game was all Zamalek from then on as they tried all the stops to break down the brilliant Ismaily defence. However, the Whites suffered a huge setback late on.
Burkina Faso international Mohamed Koffi was given a second yellow card after what seemed to be an elbow on Marwan Mohsen. Zamalek did have one last chance though, as Fathi tried to take on a difficult half-volley which sailed high and wide.
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Zamalek suffer their first defeat since Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’s return to the club and stay second with 31 points, but gift rivals Al Ahly, who play later today, the chance to go four points clear at the top. Ismaily however jump to 21 points and are now ninth in the Egyptian Premier League.