VIDEO: Bassem Morsy’s header gives Zamalek win over Enyimba
Despite the heavy rain and the waterlogged pitch, the White Knights were able to grab the three points from Nigeria. Zamalek’s win put them second in Group B with three points, one goal away from leaders Mamelodi Sundowns FC who defeated ES Sétif.
Just eight minutes after the kick-off, Bassem Morsy scored the opening goal as he headed the ball into the net after an excellent cross from Mohamed Ibrahim.
After conceding, the hosts managed to take possession, yet failed to equalise.
Enyimba’s Kelly Kester threatened Zamalek, but El-Shennawy’s reaction was brilliant as he parried the ball away, depriving the hosts from equalising.
Two minutes to the break, Joseph Osadiaye had an excellent chance to bring his side back level but he skied his ball.
Zamalek started the second half with more pressure. Six minutes after the break, the referee ignored calls by Zamalek players for a penalty.
A minute later, Enyimba had a dangerous chance to score an equaliser as Udoh headed the ball, but Shennawy was there to tip it over the bar. Enyimba missed another chance as Onuigbo his ball went over the bar.
Enyimba’s head coach Paul Aigbogun brought on Abou Azeez and Chukwude to replace Osadiaye and Onuigbo, respectively. Seventeen minutes to full time, Zamalek’s Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek came on instead of Kahraba.
The pitch started to improve slightly as the rain stopped, but it remained waterlogged.
With eight minutes remaining, Enyimba made their last substitution as Etor came on for Udoh.
Three minutes later, Ali Gabr kept Zamalek in the lead after heading away a dangerous Enyimba cross, keeping it away from the danger zone.
Zamalek were close to double their lead as Mohamed Ibrahim managed a lovely run into the box, but couldn’t unleash a shot as the defender put it away for a Zamalek corner.
Ahmed Hassan Mekki came on for Mohamed Ibrahim in the 90th minute.
The referee announced five minutes of added time, but Enyimba’s pressure wasn’t enough for the Nigerians to score an equaliser, as the game ended with a valuable 1-0 win for Zamalek.
Zamalek’s victory comes one day after Egypt’s other representative Al Ahly lost their Group A opener against Zesco United in Zambia.
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