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Smouha move into 5th place as they beat Zamalek 2-0


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Zamalek were unable to overcome two goals by Smouha, as the Alexandrian side moves into 5th place, level on points with Al Masry and Zamalek.

Zamalek SC’s starting XI: Gennesh, Tawfik, Aly Gabr, Eslam Gamal, Fetouh, Tarek Hamed, Moruf Yusuf, Stanley, Mostafa Fathi, Hefny, Paulo.
Smouha’s starting XI: Abo Gabal, Bakar, Ibrahim, Malu, Ashraf, Manga, Abdel-Aziz, Islam Serry, Mohareb, Temsah, Mekky

Smouha started the game with a deep, composed and organized defensive line. Smouha players managed to out-number Zamalek players in almost every space on the field, which led to the shortage of time on the ball for the Zamalek side.

Smouha’s well-structured positioning and pressing in Zamalek’s half led to the deficiency of Zamalek’s build-up and losing almost every 2nd ball. One of Ayman, Fathi or Stanley were forced to drop deep in Zamalek’s half to help in the defense-offence transition phase. Moreover, Zamalek was forced to play inaccurate long balls to the wingers.

In the 33rd minute of the game, Ahmed Temsah found Ahmed Hassan Mekki with a through ball which allowed Mekki to cut inside when Eslam Gamal over-committed to a slide tackle and took himself out of play. Mekki had cut to his favorite left foot to score Smouha’s first goal. After 3 minutes, Hossam Paulo managed to win a penalty after being taken out by Smouha’s goalkeeper Abo Gabal. Mostafa Fathi stepped to take it, but Abo Gabal went the right way and managed to save it.

Manga managed to score Smouha’s second goal with a powerful half-volley from the edge of the box after a poor clearance from Zamalek’s center back Aly Gabr. Shortly after Zamalek conceded the second goal of the game, Mostafa Fathi missed a sitter from a very short distance of the 6-yard box.

Mohamed Helmy then made his 3 substitutes within the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half by joining in Mohamed Ibrahim, Ahmed Refaat and Bassem Morsy and taking off Marouf, Mostafa Fathi and Hefni respectively. These changes had led to a huge gap between the defense, midfield and offensive lines. Throughout the 2nd half, Zamalek was desperate to score but none of the attempts were successful.

After this game, Smouha jumps to 40 points in the 5th place of the table, leaving them level on points with 3rd and 4th place Zamalek and Al Masry.

Zamalek will face El Sharqiya who are at the bottom of the league next Wednesday, while Smouha’s next game will be against South African side Bidvest in the Confederations Cup on the 8th of April.

Ahmed is a social media team member and news reporter at KingFut. In addition, he's a football coach at Elite International Soccer academy. Previously wrote for Outside of the Boot and a Business Administration student at Misr International University.

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