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Zamalek stumble in Omdurman against Al Hilal as both exit Champions League
Hossam Hassan’s second game in charge of The Whites saw former Al-Masry goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy make his first start since re-signing for the club.
Hilal goalkeeper El Moez Mahjoub could’ve cost his side an early goal after spilling Hazem Emam’s cross, but the danger didn’t materialise.
Mostafa Fathy started the game off brightly inside the opening ten minutes when his strike went wide of the far post.
Zamalek should’ve taken the lead through Ahmed Ali minutes later, when the former Ismaily man unleashed a strike which was handled by Mahjoub.
Hilal responded two minutes later through Abdellatif Boya whose strike was handled by debutant Ahmed El-Shennawy.
The Omdurman side threatened Zamalek’s goal once more, this time Bakri Al-Madena went through on goal but Zamalek’s back line dealt with the situation well.
Mohamed Beshir put The Blue Wave ahead 11 minutes before the end of the half, when he comfortably finished past El-Shennawy.
Hilal could’ve doubled their lead near the hour mark when Bakri Al-Madena went through on goal once more, but the ever-present Zamalek goalkeeper managed to keep it at 1-0.
Mostafa Fathy brought Zamalek level minutes later when he finished past Mahgoub.
Nezar Hamed had the chance to put Al Hilal ahead eight minutes from time but his stinging strike was dealt with by El-Shennawy.
Al Hilal though had other ideas, when main danger man Al-Madena regained Seed-Al-Balad’s lead five minutes from time.