Zamalek drop another two points after Masry draw

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Dec 2022

Zamalek were held for the second consecutive time in the Egyptian league this season following their 2-2 draw against Masry at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab stadium on Thursday.



After a good start that saw the defending champions win two games in a row, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Enppi last month before being held another time against Masry.

Emam Ashour opened the scoring for Zamalek in the 20th minute, but Algerian midfielder Abdel-Rehim Daghmoum leveled the score in the 35th minute.

Amr El-Sisi gave the White Knights another lead, but Ahmed El-Sheikh scored the equaliser three minutes later.

Following Thursday’s draw, Zamalek dropped to the fifth place with eight points from four games, while Masry advanced to the ninth place with five points.

The Port-Said based club made a good start of the game, with international striker Marwan Hamdi almost scoring in the first minute. Hamdi intercepted the ball from Zamalek keeper Mohamed Sobhi, who made his first start with Zamalek this season, before Hossam Abdel-Meguid cleared the ball.

In the 20th minute Emam Ashour gave Zamalek the lead with a powerful shot from outside the area.

Masry reacted quickly with a quick shot from Marawan Hamdi  from inside the area, only to be denied by Zamalek's keeper.

Algerian midfielder leveled the score in the 35th minute when he stole his marker to score with a nice header.

The second half saw Zamalek make their first substitution, with attacking midfielder Youssef ‘Obama’ Ibrahim replacing fullback Abdallah Gomaa to intensify the team’s attack.

Zamalek new-signing, Amr El-Sisi, who joined the team last summer, made it 2-1 when he met Ahmed ‘Zizo’ Sayed's  nice cross, scoring easily in an empty net in the 57th minute.

Three minutes later, midfielder Abdel-Rehim Daghmoum turned from scorer to provider as he offered a nice pass to Ahmed El-Sheikh who scored the equaliser.

Marwan Hamdi had the chance to add the third for Masry in the 70th minute, after being cleared by Tunisian midfielder Elyes Jelassi, but Zamalek fullback Omar Gaber rescued his side.

Zamalek pulled on the attack in order to score the winner, but they failed to pose a real threat during the remaining minutes as both sides shared spoils.  

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