VIDEO: Zamalek back to winning ways with victory over ENPPI
Goals from Tarek Hamed and Bassem Morsy got Zamalek back to winning ways after registering a 2-1 win against ENPPI in the seventh round of the Egyptian Premier League.
Zamalek XI: Mahmoud Genesh; Hosni Fathi, Ahmed Dweidar, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Mohammed Nasef; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud ‘Dunga’ Abdelaaty, Moruf Yusuf, Shikabala, Ayman Hefny; Bassem Morsy.
ENPPI XI: Ali Lotfy; Amr Tarek, Rami Sabry, Ibrahim Yehia, Ali Fawzy; Emmanuel Ejabtor, Ali Eid, Mahmoud Toba, Lama Colin; Amr Marie, Mohammed Al Shamy.
It was an early battle in midfield as both teams struggled to put any dangerous attempts in the first 10 mins.
The 13th minute saw Zamalek’s first penalty appeal of the game after Hosni Fathi’s cross was collected by Ali Fawzi who seemed to get his hands on the ball in the penalty box, but the referee kept the play going.
A minute later, Lama Colin threatened Gennesh’s goal for the first time in the game unleashing a thunder-shot which barely missed the target.
By the half hour mark, Zamalek had completely taken over the midfield battle and controlled every aspect of the game,.
The 31st minute of the game saw Tarek Hamed unleash an unstoppable left-footed shot from almost 30 yards out which bounced in front of ENPPI’s goalkeeper, Ali Lotfy, who could not stop it to give Zamalek their first goal of the game.
After the goal, the Whites managed to lower the match tempo in the last 15 minutes of the game to end the first half leading 1-0.
It took Zamalek five minutes into the second half to score their second goal.
Hosni Fathi cleverly dribbled through the right flank, before crossing the ball into the box, where Bassem Morsy managed to get his head on it before Ali Lotfy could catch it.
ENPPI’s efforts to get back into the game by introducing Mario Martinez to replace Ali Eid, deemed successful at first as they managed to pose a threat on Zamalek’s goal.
A corner-kick for ENPPI was met by Ramy Sabry’s header, which was just inches wide off the goal.
The substitute was met with Zamalek’s coach, Momen Soliman taking off both his playmakers, Shikabala and Hefny and replacing them with Ahmed Refaat and Mostafa Fathi.
The 84th minute saw ENPPI pull back a goal through their striker Amr Marie, who was left unmarked in the penalty box.
Marie, managed to control the ball on his right foot before shooting at Gennesh who stood helpless.
Tarek Hamed was close to scoring his second of the game in the 4th minute of the injury time.
A counter attack led by Ahmed Refaat was quickly played to Hamed, who tried a first-time shot but Lotfy’s fingers denied him the goal.
The win sees Zamalek claim their seventh point this season from three games, with four games in hand. ENPPI stall at 10 point from seven games.
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