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VIDEO: ENPPI eliminated from Confederation Cup on penalties
The Egyptian side managed to equalise the aggregate score as they led 2-0 in the home leg after losing the first leg to the Gabonese side with the same score.
ENPPI were in need for a three-goal advantage in order to advance directly to the next round. The game however went to penalties, as the score was 2-2 on aggregate. The Petroleum club however failed to complete the comeback as they lost the spot-kick contest 5-4.
ENPPI XI: Ali Lotfi; Salah Soliman, Ibrahim Yehia, Osama Ibrahim, Mohamed Nassef; Mahmoud Toba, Nour El-Sayed, Salah Ashour, Ahmed Refeat, Lama Koné; Wael Farag.
ENPPI started the game strongly as they managed to force their control over the Gabonese side but failed to translate their possession into goals.
The Petroleum club needed 32 minutes to open the scoring. Wael Farag controlled the ball following a corner kick before firing into the net with his right foot.
ENPPI controlled the rest of the first half, but they failed to add more goals as they went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The Egyptian side continued to apply high pressure on the guests during the second half, in an attempt to equalise the aggregate.
Just three minutes before the end of the game, the Petroleum club added their second goal. Mario Martinez stepped up for a free kick as his shot found the right side of the net. Martinez’s goal made it 2-2 on aggregate, leading the game to penalties.
ENPPI keeper Ali Lotfi managed to save Mounana’s first penalty to give his side an early lead, but Mohamed Nassef’s missed penalty levelled the result.
At five penalties each, the score became 4-4 before Salah Soliman’s penalty was saved, but Mounana’s penalty hit the post to keep ENPPI in the match.
Osama Ibrahim wasted a chance to get back in the game as he sent his penalty away, while Monuana scored their last penalty to advance to the next round.
As ENPPI were eliminated, Misr El-Maqassa became Egypt’s only representative in the Confederation Cup as they advanced to the next round after defeating Algerian Constantine.