Ismaily revived their hopes of staying in the Egyptian Premier League with a 2-1 victory over home champions Zamalek on Saturday.
Ismaily scored a goal in each half through Yao Anwar and Mohamed Ashraf (Roqa) by mistake, to achieve his first victory after 12 consecutive losses against Zamalek, by specializing in all competitions.
Before this match, Ismaili’s last victory was against Zamalek, 3-1, in the Premier League in April 2018.
Ismaily raised his score to 29 points from 26 matches, in 14th place, to move away from the relegation zone.
Anwar, the Ismaili striker, gave the hosts the lead, after he followed Ahmed Madbouly’s rebound shot from goalkeeper Mohamed Sobhi after 19 minutes.
Ibrahima Nday equalized for the visiting team after he received Samson Akiniola’s pass and fired from close range into goalkeeper Mohamed Fawzi seven minutes before the end of the first half.
Fawzy left the stadium after the goal and was replaced by Ahmed Adel Abdel Moneim.
Ismaily, who achieved his third victory in four league matches, regained the lead after Rouqa, the Zamalek player, tried to clear the ball before Firas Shawat, but he accidentally hit his own goal in the 57th minute.
Zamalek’s balance, which received its first loss in five league matches, stopped at 43 points from 26 matches in fourth place, six points behind third-placed Pyramids.
Al-Ahly leads the league and has 53 points from 21 matches, three points ahead of the second-placed Future, who played 26 matches.