Zamalek snap four-match winless run with 2-1 Egyptian league victory

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Apr 2018

File photo of an Egyptian Premier League game between Zamalek and Assiouty Sport (Ahram)

Zamalek, led by a caretaker coach, ended a four-match winless run with a convincing 2-1 win over Assiouty Sport in their penultimate Egyptian Premier League match on Sunday.

Defender Mahmoud Alaa put Zamalek ahead as early as the second minute and winger Ahmed Madbouli made it 2-0 on 60 minutes.

Omar Abdel-Wahed scored a late consolation for Assiouty Sport, who lie eighth in the table after enjoying a fine season following their promotion to the top flight.

Zamalek moved third with 58 points but they are likely to finish fourth and miss out on automatic qualification for the African Confederation Cup as Masry, who are fourth on 55 points, have four matches in hand.

Earlier on Sunday, Zamalek named Swiss Christian Gross as their new coach but he will officially take charge after the end of the season. They are currently led by interim manager Khaled Galal and will face arch rivals and league champions Ahly in the Cairo derby on Thursday - their last match of the season.

The White Knights needed two minutes to open the scoring when central defender Alaa leapt unmarked to head home a teasing right-wing cross from left back Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh.

Winger Madbouli made sure of the win on the hour mark following a fine individual effort.

Neatly controlling a long ball, he tricked his challenger inside the box and sent a low shot that eluded the keeper and went in despite a desperate attempt by a defender to clear it.

Abdel-Wahed pulled one back with four minutes remaining when a cut-back found him to fire between the legs of keeper Mahmoud Gennesh but it was too little, too late for Assiouty Sport.

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