Zamalek lift Egypt Cup after penalty shootout win over Smouha
Zamalek have managed to lift the Egypt Cup title for the 26th time in their history after beating Smouha on penalties.
Both teams needed to win the cup title to save their disastrous season, which saw them finish fourth and fifth in the Egyptian Premier League.
They also needed to the win to qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup, after they failed to do so through the league table.
Hossam Hassan put Smouha into an early lead, tapping in Mohamed Hamdy Zaky’s low cross after only five minutes.
Zamalek had more of the ball but Smouha were doing more with the ball, and they could have had the second, when Nasser Maher put Hamdy Zaky through on goal, but Gennesh was faster than the forward and claimed the ball.
That was a wake-up call for Zamalek, who nearly got back into the game through Mahmoud Abdelaziz, but Smouha keeper El-Mahdy Soliman brilliantly denied him.
Zamalek continued to miss a handful of opportunities and waste numerous chances, and Smouha, who looked organized defensively, managed to end the first-half 1-0.
In the second-half, Smouha had goalscorer Hossam Hassan sent off for protesting a referee decision, and that was the turning point of the game.
Only four minutes before the final whistle, Kabongo Kasongo equalised for Zamalek, nodding Hamdi Nagguez’s perfect free-kick cross to take the game into extra time.
The DR Congo international became the first ever foreigner to score in an Egypt Cup final for Zamalek.
Zamalek were the more dominant side in the added time, with Bassem Morsi, Kasongo, and Abdallah Gomaa failing to find the back of the net and the game headed to the penalty shootout.
Defender Abdallah Bakri missed the first penalty for Smouha, before Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Moaaz, Tarek Hamed, Yasser Ibrahim, Abdallah Gomaa and Islam Saleh scored for both sides.
Hamdi Nagguez and El-Sayed Farid scored their penalties, before Obama converted the decisive penalty to win the Egypt Cup for Zamalek.
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