VIDEO: Zamalek kick-off league campaign with 2-0 win over Wadi Degla
Title defenders Zamalek SC beat Wadi Degla FC 2-0 at the Petrosport Stadium to record first win of the new season.
An early goal from Mahmoud Kahraba gave the White Knights the lead just four minutes into the match, while a late goal by Mohamed Salem secured all three points.
Zamalek XI: El-Shennawy; Tawfik, Koffi, Dweidar, Sherif Alaa; Hamed, Gaber, Moruf; Hefny, Kahraba, Morsi.
Wadi Degla XI: El-Hadary; El-Aesh, Nabil, Mamdouh, Alaa; Nedved, Farouk, Galal, Talaat; El-Gabbas, Stanley.
Zamalek’s players dominated the match since kick-off. After four minutes of play, Ayman Hefny played Kahraba a great ball, which the latter successfully converted into a goal.
Wadi Degla’s first chance of the game came in the 22nd minute through Karim Nedved, but his shot went wide. Karim Nedved’s second attempt came two minutes later, but it also went wide.
In the 26th minute, Kahraba played the ball to Omar Gaber from the left side, but Gaber failed capitalize as his shot went over the crossbar.
In the 30th minute, Tamer Moheb replaced Mahmoud Galal for Wadi Degla. Then, former Egypt international Essam El-Hadary saved Bassem Morsi’s header, keeping his side’s hopes for an equalizer alive.
Karim Nedved registered two more shots on target in the 35th and 40th minutes, respectively, but El-Shennawy came out on top. Stanley almost snatched the equalizer for Wadi Degla in the 42nd minute, but El-Shennawy pulled off a great save to deny the Nigerian striker.
Wadi Degla’s search for an equalizer furthered, resulting in more chances on both ends of the field.
Two substitutions were made early in the second half: Mostafa Fathi replaced Ayman Hefny for Zamalek, while Hossam Arafat replaced Mohamed Farouk for Wadi Degla.
In the 55th minute, El-Shennawy denied Nedved a goal for the third time. On the other side of the pitch, El-Hadary denied Moruf Yousef a goal following two brilliant nutmegs by Mostafa Fathi.
In the 66th minute, Zamalek’s goalscorer Kahraba was subbed off for Mohamed Salem. Hamada Sedky used Wadi Degla’s third substitution of the night in the 71st minute when Ahmed Ali replaced Mostafa Galal. In the 78th minute, Zamalek’s final substitution saw Hamada Tolba come on for Mohamed Koffi.
In the 81st minute, substitute Mohamed Salem doubled the score for Zamalek to settle the game. In stoppage time, ex-Zamalek man Ahmed Ali was shown a red card.
Up next, Zamalek travels to Aswan on October the 25th to face newly promoted side Aswan SC, while Wadi Degla hosts Tala’a El-Gaish on the 26th of October.
Watch the goals below.
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