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VIDEO: Al Masry hold Zamalek to end their title hopes


Photo: Zamalek official website

Al Masry held 10-man Zamalek to a 2-2 draw in gameweek 32 to end Zamalek’s title hopes and hand Al Ahly their 38th league title.

Second-placed Zamalek failed to keep the pressure on rivals Al Ahly, who won their game against Ismaily to extend their lead at the top to seven points with two matches remaining.

The White Knights appeared to start the match with great urgency, attempting to dominate the game early on. However, they were dealt a blow early on when the impressive Mohamed Mosaad skipped past two Zamalek players and his shot found the bottom corner after some shambolic defending from the Cairo giants.

Zamalek tried to respond swiftly after a Mostafa Fathi free kick found Tarek Hamed at the near post but former Al Ahly keeper Ramzy Saleh deflected it onto the post much to the Egyptian international’s frustration.

Zamalek’s attempts didn’t stop there, after some great work on the counter attack by Fathi, he laid it off to Tawfik, who hit a venomous shot which was just too high.

Al Masry did have one last chance before the half to extent their lead, as Saeed Morad’s powerful near post shot was comfortably saved to end the half with the Port Said side in front.

The second half saw the same the White Castle dominance with the ball but they struggled to find the breakthrough.

That was until the Al Masry defence finally made an inevitable mistake; Maruf Yousef’s cross caused confusion in the box before the in form Mohamed Ibrahim’s brilliantly struck shot found the bottom corner to level the score.

Zamalek looked to have the game back on track and went searching for the winning goal, Al Masry had other ideas however. Mohamed Mossad who had caused Zamalek numerous problems all evening dribbled past three defenders and although his deflected shot could not find the goal, Mohamed Ashraf was there to score into an empty net.

Al Masry were not done there and they seemed to attack Zamalek even though they were ahead and they paid for their recklessness, Mekki’s scuffed shot found a thankful Bassem Morsi and he made no mistake from 7 yards and found the roof of the net.

There was one last dramatic event in the game, however it was not a winner for either side. Ahmed Dweidar saw a second yellow card for taking down Mohamed Mosaad when he was in on-goal to end the game in an entertaining draw.

The draw put Zamalek on 67 points as they rue a missed opportunity to keep the pressure on their rivals Al Ahly, who regained the league title after beating Ismaily in the corresponding fixture.

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