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Zamalek woes continue with Egypt Cup exit

After crashing out of the group-stages of Champions League and Arab Club Championship, Zamalek’s dismal season ends with a 2-0 loss to Al Masry in the Egypt Cup semi-finals.

The Whites started the game eying a place in the final but the Green Eagles surprised them with a magnificent performance to qualify for the Egypt Cup final for the first time in 19 years.

The first chance of the game came from Zamalek captain Shikabala when his powerful free-kick was punched away by Al Masry goalkeeper Busca, before Bassem Morsy hit the side netting in the 31st minute.

Only a minute later, Al Masry nearly opened the score but El-Shennawy denied them and then Zamalek almost scored through Morsy after a brilliant dribbling run by Shikabala, but he couldn’t get his shot past the goalkeeper. Despite all the chances both sides have had, the first half ended 0-0.

Five minutes into the second-half, Bassem Morsy missed a sitter, before a penalty was awarded to the Whites, but the decision was then overturned.

In the 85th minute, Al Masry were awarded a penalty, which Zamalek-bound Abdallah Gomaa calmly converted and in the injury time, Abdallah Bika killed of the tie when he scored Al Masry’s second goal.

The Greens will face the winner of the encounter between Al Ahly and Smouha, hoping to win their first trophy since 1998, when they defeated Arab Contractors 4-3 in the Cup final.

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