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ENPPI hand Zamalek fourth consecutive league loss

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Posted on April 10, 2017
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Zamalek‘s title hopes dealt a huge blow after suffering fourth consecutive league defeat after 2-0 loss to Enppi in gameweek 24 of the Egyptian Premier League.

Newly appointed manager Augusto Inacio was handed his first loss as manager in a tough, unlucky fixture.

The Zamalek players pressed high up the field, not giving a chance to build up play. and Mostafa Fathi both had chances to open the scoring in the first ten minutes of play, but they were unsuccessful. The petroleum club’s defense stayed compact against Zamalek’s high pressure and control.

In the 33rd minute, Enppi’s Mahmoud Kaoud scored after the ball was flicked over Zamalek’s goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh from the corner, and landed in front of Kaoud, who tapped it into the net. After conceding, Zamalek continued to press and had several chances, but all without success.

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The same scenario was played out in the second half, as Shikabala led Zamalek’s offense, but without any success in changing the scoreline. In the 60th minute, Shikabala almost equalized from a free kick, but the ball drifted wide of the post.

In the 68th minute, Al Ahly loanee Mohamed Hamdi doubled Enppi’s lead less than ten minutes after being subbed on to make Zamalek’s comeback harder to get. The Zamalek players continued to come close to Enppi’s goal until the dying minutes, but the referees whistle signaled Zamalek’s fourth consecutive league loss and their failure to score in four consecutive leage matches for the first time since 2008.

With that win, Enppi rose to 11th place with 28 points, while Zamalek stayed in fifth place with 40 points, 18 away from league leaders Al Ahly.

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