We were three minutes away from the Egypt Cup title: Masry's 'satisfied coach' Hossam Hassan

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 16 Aug 2017

Despite losing the Egypt Cup final, Masry's coach is happy with his team's performance

Hossam Hassan
Soccer Football - Egyptian Cup Final - Al Masry v Al Ahly - Alexandria, Egypt - August 15, 2017 Al Masry coach Hossam Hassan Reuters

Despite losing a precious chance to win the first title of his coaching career, Masry coach Hossam Hassan seemed satisfied with his team's performance in Tuesday's Egypt Cup final against Ahly.

The Reds scored two goals late in extra time to come from behind and earn a dramatic 2-1 victory over Masry, which gave them their first Egypt Cup title in 10 years and completed a domestic double.

"I am satisfied with the performance and happy with the effort of both the players and technical staff members," Hassan said in the press conference after the match.

"We were close to win the title, but we weren't lucky," the former Ahly and Zamalek star added.

Masry won the Egypt Cup only once, in 1998. The Port Said-based club reached this edition's final after a series of outstanding performances under coach Hassan.   

"We played collective and attacking football and we had our own style. We are not afraid of any team but we respect our opponents," Hossam explained.

"We played against a big and experienced team, including players who played more than 15 finals in recent years, but we resisted and were better on many occasions.

"Ahly's goals came from defensive errors. I blame the referee for a mistake in their second goal, but I am satisfied with what I did, especially as we were only three minutes away from the title," the former Egypt skipper concluded.

Under Hassan's guidance, Masry ended the Egyptian league season in fourth place with 62 points, 22 behind champions Ahly.

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