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VIDEO: Zamalek edge Enyimba to reach CAF Champions League semi-finals
Zamalek started the match with real intent to dominate this crucial game and were successful in keeping the majority of the ball early on. Enyimba FC’s tactics however seemed to be the opposite, they were satisfied with sitting back and attempting to steal a goal.
Zamalek soon had their first early chance when Ahmed Tawfik got past his man whipped in a teasing cross which Bassem Morsi would have scored if it wasn’t for Enyimba’s keeper Afelokhai punching it away for safety.
A hugely quiet and unimpressive passage then emerged in the game with both teams misplacing passes. That was until the last stages of the first half, Mostafa Fathi’s powerful shot was straight at the keeper to end the half even.
The second half was unsurprisingly more entertaining, Zamalek’s most dangerous and most wasteful player Fathi should have scored when the ball came to him inside the box, however he could only sky it over the bar.
Zamalek finally found a golden opportunity to score minutes inside the second half; Ayman Hefny did well to get past his marker before his shot hit an Enyimba defender’s hand to gift Zamalek a valuable penalty. The in-form Bassem Morsi clinically scored to give the White Knights a big boost in their quest to seal a semi-final spot.
بزاوية مختلفة : هدف باسم مرسي في شباك انيمبا النيجيري pic.twitter.com/RJSg7ZscKO
The Egyptian Cup champions did not look back after that and looked a real threat. The man in the center of that threat was Ayman Hefny, who so nearly scored one of the goals of the tournament. After Zamalek won the ball on the edge of their own box, Hefny took the ball on and dribbled more than seventy yards before missing narrowly when one-on-one with the keeper with the outside of the boot.
Enyimba players seemed to lose hope in this must win game and Zamalek kept the ball well into the final stages of the match. There was one final chance though, Mahmoud Abdel Razik ‘Shikabala’ should have scored when he cut inside the box before his shot was straight at the keeper to give Zamalek a morale-boosting win, but most importantly give them a pass to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League.