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VIDEO: Zamalek defeat Shabab El Daba’a to advance in Egypt Cup

Ahmed Hamoudi - Zamalek  -  CS Sfaxian

Goals by Ali Gabr and led Zamalek to a 2-0 win over third division club Shabab El Daba’a in the Round of 32.

Zamalek XI:

Mahmoud Gennesh; Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Dweidar, Mohamed Adel Gomaa; Mohamed Koffi, Ahmed Tawfik, Mohamed Ibrahim, Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’, Ahmed Hamoudi; Bassem Morsy.

In a match the White Knights of were expected to dominate, they did exactly that in the first half. The Cairo giants controlled the proceedings from kick-off.

After 22 minutes, Zamalek finally got their well-deserved breakthrough. Following a goalmouth scramble from a corner kick, defender Ali Gabr slotted home past the Shabab El Daba’a goalkeeper to give the White Knights a 1-0 lead.

The rest of the first half continued as it began – with Zamalek dominating the game, but unable to break down the resolute Shabab defense. The teams went into the tunnel at halftime with Zamalek winning 1-0.

Shabab El Daba’a came closest to scoring in the beginning of the second half. In the 54th minute, a deflected shot beat Gennesh, but he was saved by his post, and Zamalek remained in the lead. Shabab seemed to settle into the game more as the second half continued.

Ten minutes later, Gennesh did very well to turn away a Shabab volley for a corner kick. Mayuka came on to replace Morsy in the 70th minute. Two minutes later, Zamalek doubled their lead through Ahmed Hamoudi. The former Smouha and Basel playmaker capitalized on a deflected Mayuka strike to fire home a one-timed effort to give the White Knights a 2-0 lead.

The chances were few and far between until the full time whistle, and Zamalek ran out as 2-0 victors.

It is worth noting that Kahraba received his third yellow card of the season in this game, resulting in his suspension in Zamalek’s next league game against Ismaily.

Zamalek advance to the round of 16 to play Ittihad El-Shorta on April 28.

Mohaned Ghanem, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Avid supporter of all things Egypt, especially Al Ahly. Gooner.

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