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VIDEO: Egypt’s Kahraba scores as Grasshoppers record first win of the season
Mahmoud Kahraba bagged his first competitive goal for his new team, helping Grasshoppers claim their first win of the season in a 2-1 victory at FC Aarau.
Grasshopper Club Zurich played away to FC Aarau in a bid to claim their first league win after drawing twice and losing thrice in the opening five games.
20-year-old Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ didn’t need much time to find the back of the net on his second league start, scoring only six minutes after the referee signalled the starting of the game.
GCZ managed to hold onto the lead and went into the break with a one goal advantage thanks to Kahraba’s effort, which was first official goal for the club – one that had eluded him since joining them on loan from ENPPI late in May.
The Egypt international came close to doubling his goal tally after he latched onto a backwards pass before Aarau’s defender could. However, his first touch failed him and the home side’s keeper was able to clear the ball at the edge of the penalty area.
Anatole Ngamukol doubled Grasshoppers’ lead 10 minutes from time; the French forward sent a powerful shot from six yards out after getting on the end of a cross.
FC Aarau’s hopes were rejuvenated after Pablo Garat cut GCZ’s lead short to one goal with 6 minutes of original time remaining.
Kahraba appeared to have picked up a slight injury during the game and limped off in the 90th minute, with 4 minutes of extra time remaining.
The official blew his whistle signalling the end of the game, which could prove to be the end of the Swiss Cup winners’ recent ill fortunes.
The Zurich-based club have now picked up their first league victory of the season six games into the competition.