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Zamalek bowed out of Egyptian Cup competition on penalties, for the first time in 19 years, against Pyramids.
The first half and extra time ended in a positive draw with a goal apiece.
The duo of Ahmed Mustafa Zizu and Mahmoud Shikabala were missed in the penalty shootout.
Zamalek bowed out of the Egyptian Cup on penalties for the first time since 2004 after losing to Al-Tarsana in the final.
Josevaldo Ferreira, the coach of the Zamalek team, made two changes to the starting line-up against the Pyramids.
The duo of Omar Jaber and Youssef Nabih featured in the starting line-up, replacing Mustafa Shalabi and Muhammad Abdel Shafi.
As for the formation of the Pyramids, it witnessed the presence of Ahmed Fathi in the right back position.
Fathi played his first game with Pyramids this season.
Description of the match
The match began with Zamalek pressing in search of an early draw and Mohamed Abdel-Ghani surprised the Pyramids defense in the fourth minute with a powerful shot that found its way past the defenders and into the corner.
The first corner went over with great danger in front of all players before being converted into another corner in the fifth minute.
Hossam Abdel Majid turned Ahmed Zizou’s cross into the first goal in the fifth minute with a header from Ahmed El Shenawy’s right.
Things got complicated for the Pyramids team in the 11th minute after match referee Mahmoud Al-Banna showed Ali Jabr a straight red card.
Ali Jabr gets in the way of Seif Al Jaziri, left alone in goal, before the Tunisian forward goes down outside the box.
Jamie Pacheco, the coach of the Pyramids team, was forced to make his first substitutions in the fifteenth minute, replacing team captain Abdullah Al-Saeed, with Osama Jalal replacing him to shore up the defense.
Despite the numerical shortage in the ranks of the Pyramids, Ibrahim Adel surprised the Zamalek defense with a powerful strike in the twenty-eighth minute, but Mohamed Awad shone.
Ahmed Zizou almost added the second goal in the 35th minute with a powerful strike from Seif Al-Jaziri’s pass, but the ball went over the crossbar.
Waleed Al-Karthi scored a surprise ball in the 41st minute, but Awad shone again and turned it into a corner.
At the start of the second half, Youssef Nabih almost increased Zamalek’s lead with a powerful shot, but Ahmed Al-Shenawi successfully blocked it.
Waleed Al-Karthi capitalized on Ramadan Sobhi’s cross in the 55th minute to score the equalizer against Awad.
Ferreira brought on Mustafa Shalabi in the 60th minute for Youssef Nabih to bolster Zamalek’s attack.
Al-Jaziri’s header in the 66th minute went over Al-Shenawi’s post as Zamalek’s pressure continued, the Pyramids’ defence.
Mahmoud Shikabala came on in the 70th minute in place of Amr El-Sisi to bolster Zamalek’s attack.
The two teams traded possession in the last quarter of an hour, but with no real goal threats.
Pacheco pushed on Tunisian Fahreddine Ben Youssef for Fahri Lakai.
And the same tie was imposed in regular time in the confrontation between Zamalek and Pyramids, so the match went to two extra halves.
Extra kicks saw little danger for either goal and the game went to penalties.
Ahmed Zizu was missed in the penalty shootout
While Muhammad Ashraf Ruqa, Mustafa Shalabi, Imam Ashour, Ramadan Sobhi, Fahruddin Bin Youssef, Dodo Al-Gabas and Osama Jalal scored.
Zamalek scored early in the first five minutes against the Pyramids for the fourth time in a row in meetings between the two teams.
Zamalek managed to win the previous three clashes between the two teams.
As Ashraf Bencharki scored the opening goal between Zamalek and Pyramids in the fourth minute of the match which ended in a 3-2 win for Al-Abyad in April 2022.
While Ahmed Zizu opened the scoring in the second minute during the confrontation that brought the two teams together in August 2022, which ended in a 3-0 win for Al-Abyad.
While in the last clash, Mostafa Shalabi opened the scoring early in the fourth minute in the match which ended in victory for Zamalek with a goal from a free goal in the first round of the current league season.
Pyramids winger Ramadan Sobhi has continued his contribution with the team this season, taking his tally to his eighth contribution of the season in the last six games he has played.
Ramadan Sobhi managed to score three goals and set up five others in his last six games for the Pyramids.
Sobhi scored for the Pyramids against Zamalek, which was scored by Waleed Al-Karthi.
Al-Karthi scored his first goal in a Pyramids shirt after an absence of 150 days after his goal against Smouha on 19 August 2022.
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