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Ali brace lifts Zamalek over Nogoom El-Mostakbal to progress to last 16

Ahmed Ali scored a brace as Zamalek fought a tough battle against Nogoom El-Mostakbal to earn qualification to the round of 16 in the 2015

The 2014 Egypt Cup champions had to score twice after second division side Nogoom El-Mostakbal surprised them with a brilliant second-half effort. Zamalek’s striker, Ahmed Ali, who started the match on the bench, got his name on the scoresheet twice to lead his team to glory.

Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Mohamed Tolba, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Dweidar, Saleh Moussa (Reda El-Azab); Ibrahim Salah, Mohamed Shaaban (Hazem Emam), Omar Gaber, Youssef Obama; Basem Morsi, Abdoulaye Cissé (Ahmed Ali).

Nogoom El-Mostakbal XI: Mohamed Mokhtar; Selim Abdel-Khalek (Mohamed Fawzy), Sayed Mahmoud, Micheal Azikhomeen, Mohamed Abou-Srei; Ahmed Gamal (Mohamed Basiouny), Islam El-Far, Amr El-Sisi, Mohamed Ramadan (—-), Nasr Ramadan; Mohamed Hamam.

First Half: 

Both teams approached the game in a very calm fashion. Zamalek as usual tried to take control of the first 20 minutes and win every aspect of the midfield.

On the 20th minute mark, a foul awarded to Basem Morsi was quickly played by Ibrahim Salah to Cissé, who got round his marker but failed to convert his effort to a goal.

Six minutes later, as Cissé tried to dribble past Nogoom El-Mostakbal’s center back, Sayed Mahmoud, the defender used his hands to clear the ball and the Burkinabé was awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Morsi’s free-kick was then saved by Mohamed Mokhtar.

In the 30th minute, Cissé’s header was met well by Omar Gaber, who got into a one-on-one situation but aimed the shot right at Mohamed Mokhtar.

Second Half:

Nogoom El-Mostakbal approached the second half attacking viciously reaching El-Shennawy’s goal twice but failing to convert any into the net.

52 minutes into the match, a wonderful first-touch strike from Mohamed Hamam from out of the box gave Nogoom El-Mostakbal the surprise lead over their opponents.

After the goal, Zamalek’s players started to move forward in an attempt to quickly equalise and keep their hopes of qualifying to the next round of the Egypt Cup alive.

Seven minutes from the opener, Obama manages to get himself in the box and in a very good position to cross. His cross was met by Basem Morsi, who failed to strike it strong, but substitute Ahmed Ali managed to get his head to it to quickly get his team back into the game.

The following 20 minutes saw both teams try and score but with no real threat on goal from either side.

Ahmed Ali went close to scoring his second of the game when Hazem Emam’s cross was met by a header from Ali, but it scrapped inches higher than the crossbar in the 83rd minute.

The former Ismaily striker did however add the second for his club and himself just 4 minutes later. Morsi crossed the ball into the box where Ahmed Ali had to just put his head to it to score.

Towards the dying minutes of the game, Zamalek kept calm and tried to keep the ball next to their opponents’ penalty box to avoid danger on their goal. The match ended 2-1 with the Whites advancing to the round of 16.

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