VIDEO: Zamalek back to winning ways against Tala’a El-Gaish
Missing two penalties in a game did not stop Zamalek from registering an important win to overcome Tala’a El-Gaish 3-0 in the Egyptian Premier League.
Two goals from Bassem Morsy and one from Mostafa Fathi saw the team get back to winning ways after a consecutive four-game win drought. The team had also not scored a goal in the past 55 days.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Hosni Fathi, Ali Gabr, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Ahmed Aboul Fotooh; Tarek Hamed, , Moruf Yusuf, Shikabala, Ayman Hefny, Mohammed Ibrahim; Bassem Morsy.
Tala’a El-Gaish XI: Emad El-Sayed; Motamed Mohsin, Essam Sobhy, Mahmoud El-Badry, Assem Salah; Frank Ngonga, Belal Gamal, Mohammed Ashraf, Amro Hussein, Ahmed Eid; Mohammed Ashraf.
Zamalek looked more organised under Inacio in his second game in charge of the team after he had witnessed the team get defeated by ENPPI in his first game in charge.
The White’s first attempt came through Shikabla in the second minute of the game, after he dribble past the defenders and put in a cross only to have El-Gaish’s defender Sobhy clear it before it reaches Mohammed Ibrahim.
Zamalek kept the pressure going in the first ten minute searching for the opening goal but failed to pose any real threat as El-Gaish’s keeper El-Sayed put in finger tip saves to keep his team in the game.
Ahmed Eid gave El-Gaish their first attempt on goal in the 24th minute with a shot that was just inches away from the post.
Zamalek were awarded in a penalty a minute later, after Hefny was brought down in the box by Frank. Bassem converted the penalty into the back of the net to give Zamalek their first goal of the game in the 26th minute.
Both teams failed to show signs of threat for the remaining time of the first half.
Zamalek started the second half similarly as the first where they pressured their opponent early on to put the match to bed.
In the 61st minute, Bassem could have doubled the score and his scoring tally in the game but his attempt was blocked by El-Badry.
Three minutes later, Bassem missed a golden opportunity once again but this time, his thunder-shot was blocked by Emad El-Sayed who put in a top-notch performance to deny Zamalek the chance to rest the game.
Zamalek were awarded a second penalty in the 67th minute after Hosni Fathi was tackled in the box.
Bassem, who had scored the first penalty stepped up to take the shot placing it on Emad El-Sayed’s right only for the latter to save the attempt. However, Bassem headed the rebound into the left side of the goalkeeper to give Zamalek a two-goal lead.
With the introduction of Rico, Mostafa Fathi and Ahmed Refat replacing Shikabala, Hefny and Bassem respectively, Zamalek managed to take control of the game easily.
The team managed to extend their lead to three, after Rico’s interception reached Refat, who managed to through pass the ball to Mostafa Fathi putting him on a one-on-one position as he rounded the kepeer and easily slotted the ball home.
Zamalek missed a chance to have a four-goal-lead as they were awarded a third penalty in the dying minutes of the game after Refat was tackled in the penalty box.
Mostafa Fathi, who took the penalty missed the target shooting the ball too high.
The win sees Zamalek sit in fourth place with 43 points from 24 games, while Tala’a El-Gaish sit in sixth place with 35 points from the same number of games.
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