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VIDEO: Zamalek edge out second-tier El Minya to reach Egypt Cup round of 16

Zamalek defeat Minya thanks to Kabongo Kasongo goal
Congolese forward Kabongo Kasongo scored Zamalek’s only goal as they defeated El Minya to reach Egypt’s Cup round of 16.

The White Knights earned a tough 1-0 victory over the second-tier side in Egypt’s Cup round of 32 at the Cairo Stadium on Thursday night. They now advance to face second-tier Haras El-Hodood in the next stage.

Four minutes into the game, the second division side had already threatened to score following a defensive error, however, Mohab Yasser’s shot went over the bar.

The Cairo giants responded few minutes later as they had a chance to take the lead just after the 10-minute mark but the Minya defense cleared the ball to keep the score at 0-0.

Zamalek were forced into an early substitution after keeper Mahmoud Gennesh broke his arm following a coming together with an El Minya player. He made way for third choice keeper Omar Salah, 19, five minutes before the break.

The White Knights almost scored a stoppage time goal, but Mahmoud El-Wensh’s header was denied by Minya’s keeper Mohamed Hassanein as the first half ended goalless.

Zamalek had a strong start to the second half, as Kasongo almost opened the scoring three minutes after the restart. The Minya keeper, however, produced a smart save to deny the Congolese forward from scoring a wonderful bicycle kick goal.

It was only a matter of time, however, before the hosts would break the deadlock. The 23-year-old forward hit a powerful strike past the Minya keeper following a world-class chip from Ahmed Daouda just after the one-hour mark. Right after the goal, Zamalek coach Nebojša Jovović brought on Bassem Morsy to replace Ahmed Madbouli.

Few minutes after conceding, Minya almost equalised through a header but the ball went wide. Soon after, a last-gasp goal-line clearance from Minya defense denied Zamalek from doubling their lead.

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