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VIDEO: Zamalek held by Fath Union Sport in Confederation Cup tie
In the first leg of Zamalek’s round of 16 Confederation Cup tie with FUS, the Whites were held at home by the Moroccan side.
Egypt centre-back Ali Gabr caught an injury in training one day before the game, forcing Zamalek’s coach Jesualdo Ferreira to start young defender Islam Gamal instead.
.@ZSCOfficial XI vs Fath Union: Shennawy; Tolba, Gabr, Koffi, Hazem; Ibrahim Salah, Moruf, Gaber, Eid, Hefny; Ahmed Ali.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) April 19, 2015
Fath Union Sport XI: Alaa Meskiny, Jalal Daoudi, Abdelfettah Boukhriss, Mehdi Khalis, Moustapha Kondé, Mandaw, Mohammed Chihani, Mandai, Mohamed Nahiri, Mourad Batna, Yusupha O M Njie.
Ferreira used his usual 4-3-2-1 formation, one that proved not to suit the game’s circumstances as Fath Union Sport defended with five players to stop Zamalek’s forwards.
Zamalek seemed to have no clue how to reach the FUS goal in the first half, with zero shots on target in the first 45 minutes. On the other hand, FUS looked organised throughout all their lines. Their defence was solid, allowing no chance for Zamalek’s forwards to have a try on goal.
The game’s best player, Mourad Batna, caused problems constantly down the right flank, dribbling past the White Knights on multiple occasions in an attempt to cross the ball to Gambia forward Nije.
Rabat-based side’s best chance of the game came in the 30th minute. Islam Gamal’s weak header failed to reach Ahmed El-Shennawy, giving Yusupha the chance to lob the ball easily over the Egypt goalkeeper, however, his ball hit the bar.
The second half went on in the same fashion as the first, with Zamalek finding no way to cause problems for Alaa Meskiny, FUS’ goalkeeper.
Ferreira brought on Khaled Kamar and Bassem Morsi for Omar Gaber and Ahmed Eid correspondingly, however, the Egyptians still failed to penetrate the well-organised Moroccan defence.
In the 68th minute, Ahmed Ali almost tapped the ball past Meskiny, but FUS’ defenders got to the ball a fraction of a second earlier. Zamalek had another chance to score their first in the last few minutes of the game as Kamar headed wide following a perfect cross from Hazem Emam.
Zamalek now face a tough task in Morocco in the second leg of the round of 16 of the CAF Confederation Cup.