VIDEO: Zamalek down Al Ahly to win third Egypt Cup in a row
Zamalek defeated bitter rivals Al Ahly 2-0 to win the Egypt Cup for the third consecutive year, with Egyptian international Basem Morsi scoring two first half goals on a frustrating day for the Red Devils.
Zamalek XI: Mahmoud Gennesh; Ahmed Tawfik, Mohamed Koffi, Ali Gabr, Hamada Tolba; Tarek Hamed, Omar Gaber (Abdel-Khalek), Moruf Yusuf; Mahmoud Kahraba, Ayman Hefny (Mostafa Fathi), Bassem Morsi (Ahmed Hassan Mekki).
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali (Mohamed Hamdy Zaki), Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Hussein El-Sayed; Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ashour, Momen Zakaria (John Antwi), Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhy; Amr Gamal (Emad Meteb).
Following an evenly balanced start, Bassem Morsi opened the scoring early on following Moruf’s cross, before a clever turn to take the ball past El-Sayed, before a powerful left-footed strike into the bottom corner.
Al Ahly responded well, and Momen did well to get a shot away which was blocked by Koffi. Moments later, Amr Gamal’s deflected effort from the edge of the box came extremely close, however nothing came of the resultant corner.
The Red Devils were unlucky not to equalise midway through the first half, with pinball in the box following a driven cross from the right hand side, however some gritty defending from Zamalek prevented the goal.
Defensive miscommunication led to the second Zamalek goal, as Bassem Ali’s header back was misread by Saad Samir, and Morsi pounced to lob the onrushing Ekramy.
Momen Zakaria almost pulled one back ten minutes before half time, however his effort went just over. Just before the break, Morsi had a penalty appeal turned down before Omar Gaber would miss a golden chance to make it 3-0 going into the interval.
The start of the second half saw Zamalek continue to play on the counter as they did for a lot of the first half, and Al Ahly striker Hamdy Zaki almost capitalised on the defensive tactics as his shot hit the post.
Substitute Mostafa Fathi’s ran from inside his own box to create a fine chance for Kahraba, however his shot was finely saved by Ekramy.
Ahly continued to create chances, with the substitutes almost combining as Hamdy’s flick on almost found Antwi who would have had an easy chance should he have reached the ball.
The second half became largely a midfield battle with few chances being created in comparison to the first half, and though Ahly dominated possession they failed to break down a sturdy White Knights defence, and the game ended 2-0 to Zamalek.
Zamalek were without injured goalkeeper El Shenawy and defensive midfielder Ibrahim Salah going into the game, while Al Ahly lost club captain Hossam Ghaly to injury recently and Ghanaian forward John Antwi was not fully fit despite recently coming back from injury.
STAT: Zamalek have finally beaten Al Ahly after a streak of 21 failed attempts.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) September 21, 2015
The win means Zamalek have not only won a domestic double, but have now won the Egypt Cup 24 times, however Al Ahly are still ahead in this department with 35 wins.
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