VIDEO: Zamalek survive Sanga scare to reach last eight
Zamalek were able to overturn a 1-0 away deficit against Congolese side Sanga Balende by winning 3-1 at the Petrosport Stadium in the Round of 16 of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Whites took the lead through Ayman Hefny before making it 2-0 via Omar Gaber, however the tie looked as if it was about to take a turn when Sanga put themselves ahead on away goals through Lusiela Mande; however, Khaled Kamar struck late on to help the Whites reach the quarter-finals.
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Hamada Tolba; Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Tawfik (Mostafa Fathy), Ahmed Eid (Khaled Kamar), Ayman Hefny, Omar Gaber; Bassem Morsi (Tarek Hamed).
Sanga tried their luck inside the opening minutes but their efforts did not mount to anything.
Ahmed Eid signalled the start of Zamalek’s attacking onslaught when he unleashed a powerful strike from distance that went inches wide of the post.
Ayman Hefny continued to provide his teammates with chances to score; putting in a cross for unmarked Ibrahim Salah whose header was saved.
Eid was next to try his luck with a header, but just like his shot earlier, it went wide of the post.
Hefny opened the scoring three minutes after the restart when he whizzed past the Sanga defenders to tie the game on aggregate.
The Whites pressed for a second and Mostafa Fathy could’ve doubled the scoreline with two strikes in the space of 10 minutes – one went wide, and the other was parried away for a corner.
Omar Gaber though took no time in making it 2-0 with a goal of his own to put the Whites ahead.
However, the joy was short-lived as Sanga equalised two minutes later via Mande’s absolute rocket of a shot to put the Congolese side ahead on a aggregate.
After seeing his acrobatic effort go wide of the post, Khaled Kamar made it 3-1 12 minutes from time to regain Zamalek’s lead in the tie.
The Whites will face 2013 champions Sfaxien, 2012 champions Leopards, and South African powerhouses Orland Pirates in the group stages of the tournament.
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