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Zamalek suffer shock defeat to Sundowns in CAF Champions League


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Zamalek suffered a shock home defeat as they lost 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the third round of the CAF Champions League Group B fixtures on Sunday.

The South African side put one foot in the semi-final as they now lead the group on six points, three ahead of the Egyptian side, while Enyimba are in the bottom with no points.

Zamalek enjoyed a strong start as they were pushing for an early goal yet failed to threaten their opponent’s goal.

The first shot on target came for the guests, as Arendse sent a powerful shot from 30-yards-out; but Zamalek keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy brilliantly parried it away.

Thirteen minutes into the game, Zamalek had their first real chance after Sundowns’ defense fluffed a clearance, and Zamalek missed three consecutive shots from inside the box.

Four minutes later, Sundowns opened the scoring after Tarek Hamed was dispossessed in midfield. Billiat found the ball but his shot hit the post before Mabunda tapped the rebound in to give his side the lead.

Right after the goal, Shikabala and Bassem Morsy attempted to level the scoreline but the Sundowns defense cleared the danger.

Zamalek pressure paid off after Mohamed Ibrahim scored an equaliser in the 36th minute. Ayman Hefny lobbed the ball in the box, while poor communication led Onayngo to clash with Nthethe, as Mohamed Ibrahim took advantage and poked the ball into the net.

Both teams failed to add more goals in the remaining minutes as they headed down the tunnel for the break on a 1-1 draw.

Seven minutes into the second half, goalscorer Mohamed Ibrahim was subbed off for Mostafa Fathi as he suffered an ankle injury after a strong tackle from Nthethe.

The guests attempted to regain their lead but El-Shennawy saved a powerful shot from Billiat before Castro’ overhead kick hit the woodwork, to keep the scoreline 1-1.

Billait’s effort paid off as he scored his side’s second goal in the 66th minute. Dolly passed the ball to Billiat in the box, who dribbled past Adel Gomaa before scoring past El-Shennawy.

As Zamalek pushed forward in search of an equaliser, substitute Mostafa Fathi sent a powerful shot from around 35-yards-out; but Onyango parried it away.

One minute to full time, Zamalek almost conceded a third after Dolly squared the ball to Percy whose shot narrowly missed the target.

Zamalek failed to level the score as Sundowns clinched a 2-1 vital victory. The South African side are scheduled to host the Cairo giants at on July 27.

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