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VIDEO: Kahraba brace inspires Zamalek to victory over Entag
Zamalek, who were without a number of players due to injury, entered the match with four points after their first two games, following a disappointing draw against Aswan last week and a comfortable win against Wadi Degla on their season opener. On the other hand, Shawky Gharib’s Entag El-Harby, who were without Mohamed Zidan, entered with zero points, after two losses against Ismaily and Ittihad of Alexandria.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Omar Gaber, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Dweidar, Adel Gomaa; Tarek Hamed, Moruf Yusuf, Mostafa Fathy; Mahmoud Kahraba, Ayman Hefny, Bassem Morsi.
Entag El-Harby XI: Amir Abdel-Hamid; Mahmoud Fathallah, El-Sayed Farid, Mahmoud Rizk, Ali Fathy; Ahmed Magdy, Shehab Ahmed, Mohamed Sosta, Papa Arko, Salah Amin, Gedo.
Zamalek dominated the game at the beginning, while El-Entag were forced to focus on playing long balls to their strikers.
Entag then started to threaten Zamalek and a Salah Amin header was denied by El-Shennawy in the 29th minute.
Zamalek transformed their togetherness and solidity to score their first goal in the 43rd minute through Mahmoud Kahraba, following great work down the right from Omar Gaber.
Kahraba scored his second on the night for the Whites in the 50th minute to make it 2-0 – his third goal this season. The 21-year-old tipped in the rebound after Abdel-Hamid initially did well to save Dweidar’s strong free-kick.
Entag El-Harby were given a lifeline as centre-back Mahmoud Fathallah scored against his former club from the penalty spot, and refused to celebrate after making the score 2-1.
Gharib’s side remained on the back foot however as former ENPPI and Luzern attacking midfielder Kahraba had the chance to score a hat-trick in the 78th minute, when he was one-on-one against Amir Abdel-Hamid but his shot missed the target.
Egyptian champions Zamalek now move to the top of the table with 7 points, while Entag remain bottom of the league with zero points.