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Zamalek ended their four game winless run in the Egyptian Premier League with a 3-2 comeback victory over Wadi Degla on Wednesday.
The Whites went into Wednesday’s game having won none of their past four matches in the Egyptian Premier League after most recently drawing against Tala’a El-Gaish.
Wadi Degla’s dynamic striking duo in Ethiopian international Saladin Said and Syrian Abdel-Fattah El-Agha started up front having combined for 8 goals in 12 games.
Zamalek XI: Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed, Hazem Emam, Yasser Ibrahim, Mahmoud Fathallah, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Tawfik, Momen Zakaria, Ahmed Samir Farag, Dominique Da Silva, Arafa El-Sayed, Ahmed Ali
Wadi Degla XI: Essam El-Hadary, Ahmed Adel, Mostafa Talaat, Taha Ibrahim, Ragab Nabil, Mohamed Abdel-Wahed, Ibrahim Helal, Akwety Mensah, Ahmed Yasser, Abdel-Fattah El-Agha, Saladin Said
Former Lierse man Akwety Mensah’s calm distribution in addition to Saladin Said’s incisive runs and lively work rate gave the Zamalek defensive line problems throughout the game as they were caught between marking him and playing an offside trap.
It was Zamalek who scored first however as Dominique Da Silva took a touch around veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary who brought the Maritianian international captain down for a penalty in the 28th minute. Mahmoud Fathallah converted the spot kick with aplomb.
Yasser Ibrahim’s needless penalty give away on the corner of his box gave Wadi Degla an early chance back into the game. Abdel-Wahed kept his composure and slotted home after sending his namesake the wrong way.
Left-back Ahmed Samir Farag also made his debut for Zamalek playing in an unusual central midfield role. He came close to scoring his first goal as well with two well-struck free kicks and a half volley that went just over.
Wadi Degla took the lead in the 65th minute when Zamalek poorly gave the ball away in their own half and allowed El-Agha to beat the offside trap and finish smartly under Abdel-Wahed.
Hazem Emam was starting to have an influence on the game later on as he got forward to good effect and put in some inviting crosses leading to an earlier goal line clearance and eventual equalizer in the 80th minute by substitute Youssef “Obama”.
Zamalek sealed the three points late on in the game as the ball found another substitute Moustafa Fathi who dribbled El-Hadary well and put in a beautiful left footed shot into the top corner with two Wadi Degla players on the line.