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Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Tuesday's Egypt Cup final game between Smouha and Zamalek

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 May 2018
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Full time: Zamalek 1-1 Smouha
Penalty shootout: Zamalek 5-4 Smouha 


Zamalek win their fifth Egypt Cup title in the last six years following a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Smouha!

1- Abdallah Bakri wastes for Smouha
1- Mahmoud Alaa scores for Zamalek 

2- Mahmoud Moaz scores for Smouha 
2- Tarek Hamed scores for Zamalek 

3- Yasser Ibrahim scores for Smouha 
3- Abdallah Gomaa scores for Zamalek

4- Islam Saleh scores for Smouha  
4- Hamdi Nagguez scores for Zamalek

5- El-Sayed Farid scores for Smouha 
5- Youssef Ibrahim scores for Zamalek 


The referee blows his whistle, we are now heading to penalties 

120' The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time. 

118' Two minutes remaining before the shootout. Can any team settle the tie in their favour in the dying minutes? 

115' A heated exchange between the players of both sides as tensions boil over. 

113' A chance for Smouha! Temsah eludes his challengers but misses the target with a close-range shot after a breakaway. 

111' Smouha produced a goal-line clearance before Kasongo pokes home! Zamalek are laying siege to Smouha's area. 

110' Smouha make their third and final substitution. Nasser Maher is replaced with Ahmed Temsah. 

107' A Kasongo header at the far post misses the target after a trademark pinpoint cross from Nagguez. 


The second half of extra time is underway 

The referee blows his whistle, ending the first half of extra time 

104' A hopeful shot from Zamalek defender Hamdi goes straight into the hands of the keeper as Zamalek pile on pressure. 

102' Abdallah Gomaa sends a shot just over the bar after a swift Zamalek move! 

97' A free header from Bassem Morsi goes wide! The first half of extra time starts in a blistering pace. 

96' At the other end, a low Zamalek cross is pushed by the keeper and no one is on hand to steer home the rebound. 

93' Smouha launch crosses into the area but Zamalek defence comfortably clears them. 

The first half of extra time is underway 

The referee blows his whistle, we are now going to extra time 

90+4' Mahmoud Alaa sends a tame header into the hands of the keeper after another cross from Nagguez. 

90+3' Smouha's Ragab Bakkar is booked. 

90' The referee adds five minutes of stoppage time. 

87' Kasongo sends a glancing header into the net from an inviting free kick from Nagguez as Zamalek level the score with three minutes remaining. 

86' GOOOOAL FOR ZAMALEK!!!

85' Smouha keeper El-Mahdi Soliman receives a yellow card for rushing out of the area and fouling Kasongo. 

84' A double goal-scoring chance for Zamalek!! A crowd of defenders block successive shots with the goal gaping. 

81' Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed receives a yellow card for a rough challenge on an opponent. 

80' Smouha make a substitution. El-Sayed Farid replaces Oumed Oukri.

79' Zamalek defender Mahmoud Hamdi exchanges passes on the edge of the area but he mis-hits his shot and it goes out for a goal kick. 

77' Play is resumed. Smouha are defending in numbers in the latter stages. 

75' The match is stopped as the Smouha keeper receives treatment. 

73' Zamalek make their third substitution. Striker Bassem Morsi replaces midfielder Abdel-Aziz. 

73' Smouha will have to play for more than 15 minutes with 10 men. 

69' A red card for Smouha!! Hossam Hassan receives a second booking for dissent. 

67' Zamalek make another substitution. Winger Abdallah Gomaa replaces Antar. 

64' Zamalek winger Antar skips past a couple of challengers but his attempt to elude a third challenger fails on the left. 

60' In a rare foray forward for Smouha, playmaker Nasser Maher cuts inside his marker but his tame shot is collected by keeper Gennesh. 

57' Zamalek's Mahmoud Alaa receives a yellow card for a rough challenge on Hossam Hassan. 

56' A low cross from Zamalek's Nagguez causes mayhem in the Smouha area but a defender clears the danger. 

52' Playmaker Hefni replaces winger Emad Fathi. 

51' Zamalek are getting ready for their first substitution as Ayman Hefni warms up on the touchline. 

47' Will Smouha be able to hold firm in the face of Zamalek's attacks? 

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+1' Another free kick from Zamalek's Abdel-Aziz goes high over. 

43' A free-kick from Tarek Hamed is pushed away by the keeper. 

42' Smouha playmaker Nasser Maher is booked for a handball. 

39' First substitution for Smouha, Ibrahim Abdel-Qawi replaces Mohamed Hamdi Zaki.

38' A chance for Zamalek! Kasongo breaks clear but dithers on the ball and allows the keeper to collect the ball. 

37' Zamalek are trying to unlock a watertight Smouha defence. 

33' Tarek Hamed is caught pushing a Smouha player in an off-the-ball-incident. Smouha coach Mohamed Abdel-Razek is furious on the touchline, demanding that the referee book Hamed. 

30' What a chance for Smouha! They break clear following a counter attack but Nasser Maher's attempt to square the ball to the unmarked Hamdi Zaki is intercepted by goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh. 

27' Smouha are comfortable at the back as Zamalek find it difficult to string passes together. 

24' Zamalek's Kasongo Kabongo shoots from a tight angle on the turn but his effort hits the side netting. 

23' A cross from Nagguez finds Mahmoud Alaa but the defender's attempted bicycle kick misses the target. 

21' The match is briefly stopped as a Smouha player receives treatment. 

19' Zamalek still have the better possession. Smouha are holding firm. 

15' The first clear-cut chance for Zamalek! Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz is picked out by a cross from Nagguez and his downward header is superbly blocked by the keeper. 

14' Smouha sit back to defend their early lead.

11' Zamalek are still trying to recover from Smouha's opening goal. They are yet to carve out openings. 

8' A free kick from Zamalek midfielder Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz strikes the wall and goes out for a corner. 

7' Smouha's Islam Saleh receives a yellow card. 

5' A defensive mistake costs Zamalek! central defender Mahmoud Alaa is robbed in the area and Hamdi Zaki sends in a low cross for the unmarked Hossam Hassan to bury the ball into the bottom corner. 

5' GOOOOAL FOR SMOUHA!!!

4' Zamalek are repeatedly trying to release full-back Hamdi Nagguez down the right. The Tunisian has been superb lately. 

2' Zamalek apply early pressure as they seek to take the initiative. 

The match is underway 

Starting lineups:

Zamalek: Mahmoud Abdel-Rehim, Ahmed Fatouh, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdi, Hamdi Nagguez, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, Emad Fathi, Mohamed Antar, Kabongo Kasongo, Youssef Ibrahim.

Smouha: Mehdi Soliman - Ragab Bakkar, Abdallah Bakri, Yasser Ibrahim, Mahmoud Moaz - Ibrahim Abdel-Qawi, Eslam Salah, Nasser Maher - Oumed Oukri, Hamdi Zakri, Hossam Hassan.


18:30 Smouha also deploy a bold line-up as they eye their first ever title. Will they be able to cause an upset tonight? 

18:00 Zamalek coach Khaled Galal sticks to his usual line-up, with Congolese Kabongo Kasongo spearheading the attack. He will be supported by three attacking midfielders in Emad Fathi, Mohamed Antar and Youssef Ibrahim. 

17:00 Zamalek keeper Mahmoud "Gennech" Abdel-Rehim is back to the team after serving a one-match ban against Ismaily in the semi-final. 

16:30 Zamalek are seeking to win a fifth Egypt Cup title in six years. They won four in a row from 2013 to 2016. 

15:30 Smouha threatened to withdraw from the final, before reversing their decision on Sunday.

"I respect all Egyptian referees, but given the importance o the game a foreign referee would be the better choice. I cannot understand why the EFA refused my request especially as we were ready to pay all the costs," Amer told a TV programme on Saturday.

15:00 The Alexandria-based club's president Farag Amer said that his side had reached an initial agreement with the EFA concerning the appointment of a foreign referee, but the EFA announced later that the final would be managed by an Egyptian referee.

14:30 Zamalek and Smouha will face off in a heated Egypt Cup final on Tuesday, after both sides were involved in a war of worlds ahead of the game.

Both teams expressed their displeasure over the identity of the match's referee, with Smouha, eyeing their first-ever title, asking the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) earlier this week to appoint a foreign referee for the final.

 

Venue: Borg El-Arab Stadium (Alexandria)

Referee: Mohamed Farouk

Assistant referees: Ayman Degeish, Mahmoud Abou El-Regal and Mohamed Marouf

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