Zamalek drop to 3rd place after losing to Ismaily 3-1 | VIDEO
Ismaily cemented their position in a Champions League-qualifying second spot after claiming an exciting 3-1 Egyptian league win over rivals Zamalek at Ismailia Stadium on Monday.
In a crunch tie between the second and third of the league standings, it was the Dervishes who eventually grabbed all three points, thanks to goals from Mahmoud Metwalli, Karim Bambo and Ibrahim Hassan on 15, 69 and 87 minutes.
Nigerian Maarouf Yusuf, deployed as a left-back by manager Ehab Galal, managed to equalize on the hour mark, but Zamalek could not find a winning goal as they eventually lost the game.
Zamalek’s last victory over Ismaily at Ismailia Stadium came 12 years ago, with the Cairo giants failing to prevail ever since in the coastal city.
Ismaily are now five points ahead of third-placed Zamalek in second spot on 59 points in a league that was already secured by Ahly with weeks to spare.