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VIDEO: Zamalek fight back to beat Orlando Pirates in South Africa

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Zamalek came from a goal down to defeat 2-1 at the Mbombela Stadium and take a lead in Group B.

The Whites capitalized on Group B opponents Sfaxien and AC Leopards’ 1-1 draw on Friday night after maintaining their perfect start to their  group stage campaign with a win over Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The last time the two sides met at the same venue Orlando managed to win 4-1. However, Zamalek won the last encounter between the two teams.


Orlando Pirates XI: Mhlongo, Mahamutsa, Jele, Matlaba, Nyauza, Sarr, Manyisa, Rakhale (Makola), Myeni, Erasmus (Majoro), Gabuza (Menzi Masuku).
Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Hamada Tolba, Omar Gabr, Mohamed Koffi, Ahmed Samir; Ibrahim Salah, , Ahmed Tawfik; Ayman Hefny (Tarek Hamed), Ahmed Eid (); Bassem Morsi (Khaled Kamar).

The intriguing encounter in South Africa started off brilliantly with both teams attacking from the off. First Ayman Hefny dribbling through the Pirates players with ease within 10 seconds and then shooting close, not long after Orlando Pirates hit the post to rattle Zamalek.

The game was high tempo and Zamalek pressed again and nearly found the opening but Moruf Yusuf’s shot hit the side netting. The early counter attacks soon took its effect on both teams after 20 minutes; Orlando Pirates striker threatened from far but Ahmed El-Shennawy collected calmly to end the half 0-0.

The second half started and it was Zamalek who dominated the early stages. First when Bassem Morsi just missed the target with his strike. Four minutes later, Tawfik crossed a glorious ball into the area, however Morsi missed again. Orlando Pirates then went on to make their first change of the half which would then go on to be a significant one as Majaro came on for Erasmus, the striker went on to score and give the Pirates an undeserved lead.

Zamalek struck immediately after the goal with a brilliant equaliser. The Pirates’ midfield lost the ball to Morsi, who held the ball patiently before putting through Yusuf to smash the ball in the roof of the net.

The Egyptian side didn’t stop there; with eight minutes remaining they continued to go for the winner and they got it in spectacular style. Zamalek’s talented winger Mostafa Fathy received the ball just inside the box, he cut in and bent in a brilliant shot right in the corner to give Zamalek a well-deserved winner and complete a brilliant comeback in Nelspruit.

The Whites now top Group B of the with six points from two games, after defeating Tunisia’s Sfaxien 1-0 a fortnight ago thanks to an injury-time winner by Abdoulaye Cisse.

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