Football Soccer - Egyptian Cup Final - Al Ahly v El Zamalek - Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt - 8/8/2016 - El Zamalek players celebrate with the trophy after winning their Egyptian Cup finals derby soccer match against Al Ahly. (REUTERS)
A dramatic episode in the Cairo derby series took place on Monday, as Zamalek won their favorite title -- the Egypt Cup -- for the fourth successive time, again defeating arch-rivals Ahly in the final.
Zamalek scored twice in 24 minutes, thanks to Bassem Morsi’s fine counter attack and his penalty before Abdullah El-Said kicked a penalty to give hope to Ahly to end the first half 2-1.
Mostafa Fathi scored the third to crash the Egyptian Premier League winner’s hopes of a comeback, causing them to make many fouls, resulting in a red card each to the experienced Hossam Ghaly and Ahmed Fathi.
Ahram Online collected some reactions after the game:
Zamalek striker Bassem Morsi
"My teammate Ahmed Gaafar predicted that I would score twice. He told me that I will be the reason that we win.I apologies for Saad Samir for the tackle and I am sure he knows I didn't intend to injure him."
Zamalek player Shawky El-Said
"Zamalek players were very responsible. We didn't train for penalty shootouts because we were sure of winning."
Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour:
"Ahly is full of trophies and won't be influenced by losing one. I am happy to be the first Zamalek president ever to win three successive Cups,"
Ahly’s assistant coach Osama Orabi
"We lacked luck in the final and this shouldn’t influence our next game against Zesco United in CAF Champions League. Ahly played one of their best games."
Former Zamalek coach Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam
Ahmed Hossam "Mido"
"Congratulations on the fourth successive cup. Coach Moemen Soliman led the game perfectly. I hope he will be the best coach in Egypt."
Zamalek midfielder Ahmed Tawfik
"Winning Ahly in Egypt Cup have another taste and boosted our morale ahead of the upcoming CAF Champions League game against Enyimba"
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