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Zamalek cruise past AC Léopards to maintain lead in Group B
The White Castle dispatched Congolese opponents AC Léopards without too much difficulty, running out 2-0 winners in Cairo.
Zamalek: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Hazem Emam, Hamada Tolba, Ibrahim Salah, Moruf Yusuf (Tarek Hamed 82′), Ahmed Tawfik, Ayman Hefny (Mostafa Fathy 69′), Morsi, Khaled Kamar (Ahmed Samir 60′)
Léopards: Chansel Mohikola, Boris Moubhiou, Dimitri Bissiki, Rudy Ndey (Georges Bidimbo 22′), Herman Nkodia, Chardin Mfoutou, Tresor Mukenga, Sagesse Babele, Jean Abouna, Cesair Gandzé, Mahawane Cisse ( Seda Ngouelou 78′)
The hosts, eager to prove themselves after their demoralising loss in the Cairo Derby last Tuesday, came shooting out of the blocks and took an early lead through Morsi, before Hefny scored a penalty to put the result beyond doubt. The result consolidates Zamalek’s lead in Group B, as they maintained their 100% record in the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup group stage.
Morsi gifted his side the lead in the second minute, as he coolly finished from Hazem Emam’s cross in from the right flank.
Minutes later, Shennawy rushed off his line to keep the approaching Bhebey-Ndey from equalising.
Midfielder Gandzé struck a ferocious shot from the edge of the area midway through the first half, but Shennawy was again equal to the effort.
Shortly afterwards, Khaled Kamar thought he had doubled Zamalek’s lead when he headed in Hefny’s effort, but the goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside.
Ferreira’s men were aggrieved at the call, but four minutes later were awarded a penalty as Emam was tripped inside the area.
Ayman Hefny stepped up, and the 29-year-old duly converted from the spot to give his side a two-goal cushion.
Cissé and Mukenga missed two chances early in the second half, as the visitors came out of the break stronger.
Nevertheless, Zamalek grew back into the game; Fathy – a second half substitute for Hefny – almost scored a fantastic goal. He dribbled past two defenders but failed to beat ‘keeper Mohikola.
Fellow substitute Ahmed Samir missed the opportunity to make it three late on, after a one-on-one with Mohikola, as the match drew to a close.
Zamalek lead Group B with 9 points. Leopards sit in last place. CS Sfaxien – Orlando Pirates in progress, as both teams battle for 2nd.
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