Zamalek make Future pay for defensive lapses

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Jan 2023

Two defensive blunders from Future FC gifted Zamalek a precious 2-1 win on Monday to end their winless run.

Zamalek's Froward Seifeddine Jaziri celebrates after scoring a brace against Future FC. Photo: Zamalek's twitter account.


Tunisian striker Seifeddine Jaziri netted twice in the 13th and 34th minute to give new coach Osama Nabih a winning debut, while Marwan Mohsen scored Future’s consolation goal in the 24th minute.

The defeat is Future’s first of the season. It cost them to drop one position -- becoming third in the table -- as Pyramids FC climbed the ladder following their 2-2 draw against Ceramica Cleopatra.

Defending champions Zamalek's winless run came to an end after 3 defeats and 2 draws in the league that saw them relegated to the fourth place with 29 points after 16 games, 8 points behind leaders Ahly who played one game less.

Individual and collective mistakes

With three goals and strings of offensive football, both sides produced an entertaining first half and we didn't have to wait much for the action to kick in.

Future’s defender Ghanam Mohamed miscued a clearance, with the ball, which was saved by keeper Ahmed Masoud, falling in the path of Jaziri who scored from point blank in the 13th minute.

The visitors were on the forefront again. Tunisian forward Abdel-Kerim El-Wadi crossed the ball in the area which defender Mohamed Abdel-Ghani failed to control as Mohsen rounded him and slot the equaliser from close range in the 24th minute.

Ten minutes later, however, Future’s defence let them down again when three defenders allowed Jaziri to rob the ball and strike at the near post to restore Zamalek’s lead.

Then both teams traded chances exposing each other's defensive lapses. Karim “Nedved” Walid’s shot crashed off the bar from inside the six yards after Zamalek’s defence couldn’t deal with an easy cross. At the other end, Emam Ashour rose unchallenged in the box to nod the ball but it went inches next to the post.

After the interval Zamalek sat back in defence to protect their lead as Future attacked en masse.

They enjoyed a large ball possession, of more than 70 percent, but couldn’t make their domination count.

Future’s best chance was in the 60th minute when Ghanam Mohamed tried to redeem himself but his superb volley from outside the box was denied by keeper Mohamed Awad.

Second half substitute Nasser Maher sneaked into the area, but his weak effort went into the hands of the keeper as his team left the game without getting anything out of it.

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