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LIVE: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Zamalek – 2016 CAF Champions League final
KingFut covers the live action as Mamelodi Sundowns host Zamalek in the first leg of a historic CAF Champions League final, with both sides desperate to claim the trophy. Just weeks after both sides sealed their spots in the final, South African outfit Mamelodi Sundowns face off against Zamalek in the first leg of the 2016 CAF Champions League final. The former side will be dreaming of their first-ever continental title – the closest they have ever come to such an achievement was losing to Al Ahly in the 2001 final – while Zamalek will be hoping for a first title in 14 years, last winning the competition in 2002 with a win over Raja Casablanca of Morocco.
READ: Sundowns expecting nothing less than full house against Zamalek Hosts Sundowns will be eager to put themselves in a strong position ahead of the second leg in Egypt, which would mean avoiding conceding an away goal as well as scoring once or twice at the least.
Zamalek, meanwhile, will be seeking to avenge their earlier losses against their opponents at the group stage, and might feel slightly more confident knowing the return leg will be played in Egypt.
🔉Fairly matched head-to-head against opposing nations…
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Stay tuned for our match report and post match coverage..
FT: Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 Zamalek: Mission impossible for the Whites next week.
SUB: Zwane is on for Kekana.
85′: Zamalek look unconvincing at the back, but Gennesh manages to win a goal-kick.
82′: Mostafa Fathi wins a corner after great play, but Sundowns scramble the ball away afterwards.
77′: The match has slowed down quite a bit, with Sundowns content to sit on a commanding lead.
SUB: Mostafa Fathi replaces Bassem Morsy. Stanley to assume a more central position.
71′: No commentator’s curse there, as Ali Gabr’s header from a corner is weak and straight at the goalkeeper.
70′: Can Zamalek find a valuable away goal? It’s not looking very likely at the moment..
SUB: The suspended Arendse is replaced by Soumahoro.
SUB: Billiat goes off, and Modise is introduced to the fray.
SUB: Mahmoud Gennesh replaces Ahmed El-Shennawy.
60′: El-Shennawy is on the ground for the second time since the half-time break…
58′: Arendse clears off the line! The resulting corner from Yusuf is poor though.
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SUB: Ramzy Khaled replaces Shikabala, as Momen Soliman goes into damage limitation mode.
55′: Sloppy passing from both teams so far.
50′: Zamalek are trying to string a few passes together but Sundowns regain possession, hoof it upfield, and the cycle starts again.
46′: We’re back underway and it’s 3-0 to Sundowns already! Own goal by Islam Gamal. Oh dear….
HT: Sundowns 2-0 Zamalek. Sundown all over Zamalek. The White Knights have started this game extremely badly. Sundown with 62% possession and 3 shots on target to Zamalek’s 0.
47′: Zamalek’s first real chance of the game. Ayman Hefny with a shot from the edge of the box goes over. Seconds later Laffor is in on goal but fumbles the ball, would have been a certain goal had he controlled it.
45′: Sundowns with chance after chance. Too many to note. Last cross is judged to be offside.
44′: Strong run from Laffor and wins a free kick for Sundowns.
42′: Langerman with another chance to score. His shot from the left side of the box goes over. Zamalek have their first goal of the game!
41′: Goal Sundowns. Left back Langeraman has just lobbed Ahmed El-Shennawy from 35-yards out. His attempted cross manages to sneak in under the bar. Sundowns 2-0 Zamalek.
39′: Sundowns with unbelievable play. Shot from Kekana hits Ali Gabr for a corner. Bassem Morsi down injured.
38′: Dangerous run from Laffor is well defended by Gabr.
36′: Another shot from Dolly is blocked. Hefny counters but loses the ball deep into the Sundowns half.
31′: Goal to Sundowns by Anthony Laffor. Pass into Laffor pierces the middle of the Zamalek defence. Laffor turns and shoots into the top right corner of the net. Sundowns 1-0 Zamalek.
30′: Big kick up from Hefny is controlled by Morsi who wins a throw in. Dolly then takes another shot from distance that goes over.
28′: Tau with a shot from inside the box across goal.
27′: Zamalek with a chance to counter from Ayman Hefni but Bassem Morsi is judged offside.
26′: Laffor with a dangerous cross for Sundowns but Dolly handles the ball in the box and Zamalek are awarded a freekick.
25′: Another chance for Sundowns in the box. Dolly crosses but Tau clashes with Moruf Yusuf and Laffor can’t follow up.
22′: Huge chance for Sundowns! Ball from freekick is headed across goal by defender Nthethe. Sundowns look likely to score.
20′: Chance for Sundowns! Cross comes into the back post and Percy Tau heads over the bar.
19′: Bassem Morsi gets the ball down the right flank but can’t get a cross in as he falls to the ground.
18′: A long range shot from Sundowns captain Kekana goes wide.
15′: Injury break: Moruf Yusuf clashes heavily with Laffor. Poor freekick from Sundowns is cleared.
14′: Dolly takes a shot from 30-yards out that goes well over. Zamalek struggling to get a touch of the ball or out of their half.
13′: Hefny attempts to thread a ball forward to Shikabala but Onyango comes out and picks it up.
11′: Laffor left is acres of space and whips in a cross that cannot be controlled by Sundowns and is cleared.
9′: Stanley attempts to go past left back Langerman but cannot do so.
6′: Cross from Stanley Ohawuchu is cleared.
5′: Tarek Hamed fouled by Tau on the halfway line.
4′: Laffor causing trouble down the right flank but Islam Gamal doesn’t let him pass.
3′: Sundowns win a corner, try to play it short but win another corner. Resulting corner cleared.
2′: Huge pass from Sundowns goalkeeper Onyango causes Zamalek trouble but is cleared.
KO: Kick off between Zamalek and Sundowns Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.
Zamalek will kick off playing from right to left.
The players are out and ready to kick off. Captains Shikabala and Kekana flip the coin with Kenyan referee Davies Ogenche.
Sundowns XI: Onyango; Mbekile, Arendse, Nthethe, Langerman; Kekana, Mabunda, Tau; Laffor, Dolly; Billiat Subs: Mweene, Zwane, Modise, Mohomi, Zwane, Soumahoro, Madisha Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Moruf Yusuf, Islam Gamal, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Tawfik ; Tarek Hamed, Ibrahim Salah, Ayman Hefny, Shikabala, Stanley Ohawuchi; Bassem Morsi. Subs: Mahmoud Genesh, Omar Salah, Ramzy Khaled, Ahmed Dweidar, Mostafa Fathi, Emmanuel Mayuka
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