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VIDEO: Zamalek stun Sfaxien in injury time
The only goal of the game came in injury time via Abdoulaye Cisse who latched onto an Omar Gaber cross to make it 1-0, thus putting the Whites joint-top with Orlando Pirates in Group B of the CAF Confederation Cup, after the South African side’s win against Leopards earlier on.
Zamalek XI: Shennawy; Hazem Emam, Gabr, Koffi, Tolba (Cisse); Ibrahim Salah, Tawfik (Youssef Obama), Omar Gaber; Fathy, Hefny; Kamar (Ahmed Aly).
Sfaxien XI: Jeridi; Derbeli, Merieh, Hannechi, Mahjbi; Hadda, Kammoun (Ziadi, taken off for Chellouf), Louati, Moncer; Hkimi, Bahri (Khenissi).
The opening 15 minutes of the game were dull, however Sfaxien were first to register a shot on target; Houssem Louati with a shot from distance that was parried away by Shennawy.
Mohamed Ali Moncer was next to try his luck from distance, but the attempt went wide of the post; 0-0.
Borhane Hkimi continued the Sfax-based side’s relatively courageous start, but his attempt was handled well by Shennawy.
Mostafa Fathy though stamped Zamalek’s clear advantage in possession with a shot from distance, cutting in from the right before unleashing a shot that went wide of Rami Jeridi’s post.
It was all Zamalek at that point, and the Whites had a glorious opportunity to make it 1-0 – but Ahmed Tawfik’s header went wide of the post.
Fathy missed an absolute sitter to put the White Castle in the lead near the hour mark, but somehow his header went wide – despite Jeridi lying on the ground.
Ahmed Aly was next to waste a golden opportunity to score; seeing his one-on-one saved by the ever-present Jeridi.
The Sfaxien goalkeeper was once again called into action, this time he was in full stretch to prevent Yassine Merieh from putting into his own net.
The final minute of the game saw a turn; Ayman Hefny’s backheel found Omar Gaber whose low cross was converted into the net by Cisse – scoring his first goal for the Whites in just under nine months.