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VIDEO: Rigorous ENPPI cut off Zamalek blues with win in Cairo
The Petrol overcame Zamalek 2-0 in the top-of-table clash at the Cairo International Stadium to hand the the Whites their first league loss.
Zamalek XI: Mohamed Abou-Gabal; Omar Gaber, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Ahmed Samir; Ahmed Tawfik, Ibrahim Salah, Mo’men Zakaria, Mohamed Shaaban; Ahmed Ali, Bassem Morsi.
ENPPI XI: Ali Lotfy; Mohamed Nassef, Ramy Sabry, Ibrahim Yehia, Ahmed Sobhy; Mahmoud Toba, Mahmoud Fathi, Lama Kone, Ahmed Sherwida; Salah Ashour, Ahmed Gaafar.
The Whites started the game in a great way when Bassem Morsi took advantage of Ali Lotfy’s mistake in the 33rd second of the game before finishing into the net, only for referee Mahmoud Ashour to call it off as a foul for ENPPI.
The Petrol side didn’t settle for how the game was going and started to pick themselves up with great crossing and passing from Lama Kone, with Pacheco’s men going for counter attacks in return.
Thirty-six minutes into the game, Salah Ashour came close to scoring the first goal for ENPPI after receiving the ball in the middle of the pitch and dribbling through Zamalek’s defence, only for his powerful strike to go wide of the post.
ENPPI had a chance to score after a mistake from Koffi that Lama Kone took advantage of before Ali Gabr stopped the Guinean star.
In the first minute of the injury time, another goal from Bassem Morsi was cancelled after a great pass from Mo’men Zakaria being called as a foul for ENPPI.
The second-half started with caution from both teams with only counter attacks from both sides.
On the hour mark substitute Mahmoud Qaoud clinched the first goal for the Petrol giants after a mistake from Ahmed Samir and a wrongly positioned Abou-Gabal.
Qaoud was once again at the centre of danger when he was brought down in the box by Ahmed Samir, in which he was awarded a penalty; Mohamed Nasef stepped up to and scored the corresponding spot kick to make it 2-0.
The game then stopped for a couple of minutes with Zamalek’s coaching staff protesting against the penalty called for ENPPI.
With nine minutes added-on to the game, the Whites pushed hard to open the scoring and they got rewarded by a penalty that saw Ali Lotfi save a penalty from Ahmed Eid.
ENPPI move to top of the table with 33 points in hand out of 14 matches, while Zamalek’s point tally freezes at 31 in second.
Zamalek are set to travel to face Damanhour in their upcoming game on December 29th, whilst the Petrosport side are set to host Al Masry on the same day.