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VIDEO: Hamoudi scores brace on debut as Zamalek beat Sfaxien 3-1
Zamalek new signing Ahmed Hamoudi scored a brace, as the White Knights defeated Tunisian giants Sfaxien 3-1 on Sunday.
Zamalek away win over Sfaxien, put the Whites joint-top with Orlando Pirates in Group B in the CAF Confederation Cup as both teams secured themselves a place in the semi-finals. The White Knights will conclude their group stage matches against Orlando Pirates in Egypt in September.
Zamalek XI: Shennawy; Dweidar, Gabr, Tawfik, Tolba; Ibrahim Salah, Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Ibrahim, Morouf Youssef; Bassem Morsi, Kahraba.
Sfaxien XI: Rami Jridi, Zied Derbali, Selim Ben Djemia, Ali Maaloul, Hamza Hadda, Mohamed Ali Manser, Yassine Meriah, Wajdi Saidani , Slim Mezlini, Ezechiel Ndouasel, Mejdi Mosrati.
The first chance of the game came in the fourth minute when Zamalek’s Mahmoud Kahraba sent a shot that went wide of the post.
In the 20th minutes, the Tunisian team were close to scoring their first goal when Ali Maaloul sent a superb shot, however, his attempt was handled well by Shennawy.
Midway through the first half, Sfaxien players started to force their control over the game but with no real threat on the El-Shennawy’s post.
Fifteen minutes to half time, Kahraba tried his luck again with a shot from the edge of the box but he sent it way over the bar.
Shennawy continued to defend his net and denied Sfaxien a goal after saving another strong shot in the 32nd minute.
In the 54th minute, Kahraba’s efforts finally paid off as he scored the Whites’ first goal. Bassem Morsi followed a cross from Ahmed Tawfik and went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, who saved it and denied Morsi from scoring, only for Kahraba to tap the ball into the net.
Sfaxien were able to level the scoreline in the 61st minute with a penalty, which was converted by Maaloul. The Tunisian side were awarded the penalty, when the Sfaxien player was brought down by Ali Gabr and Ahmed Tawfik.
Zamalek had the chance to take the lead again in the 73rd minute when Hamoudi was awarded a penalty only five minutes after coming on for his debut. Kahraba stepped up to take on the responsibility from the spot but his shot was saved.
Ten minutes to full time, Hamoudi scored his first goal with Zamalek from a free kick and gave the White Knights the lead.
During the injury time, Zamalek were awarded a second penalty for a handball. Hamoudi stepped up to score Zamalek’s third goal and his second in the game.