LIVE: Zamalek vs Enyimba – CAF Champions League
Zamalek come into the match on the back of an impressive 3-1 win over arch-rivals Al Ahly in the 2016 Egypt Cup final, and need to avoid defeat against their Nigerian opponents.
A draw on home soil would give the Whites the edge in the head-to-head over Enyimba, who would then be unable to finish in the second and final qualification spot, regardless of their result against Mamelodi Sundowns in the final round.
The South Africans stormed to a six-point lead over the Egyptians after winning both of their encounters against the 2015 Egyptian Premier League champions.
With that in mind, manager Momen Soliman is fully aware that avoiding a defeat is the main objective on Monday evening, in order to secure progression to the semi-finals.
FT: Zamalek 1-0 Enyimba: The Whites have reached the CAF Champions League semi-finals! Stay tuned for the match report….
89′: Shikabala wastes a late chance to seal the three points.
85′: Mayuka comes on for Hefny, as Zamalek use their final substitution.
78′: Goalscorer Bassem Morsy is taken off for new signing Stanley Ohawuchi.
75′: Enyimba hit the woodwork! Will Zamalek come to regret the numerous chances they’ve wasted so far?
71′: Shikabala replaces Mostafa Fathi.
68′: Ayman Hefny goes on a 70-yard dribble before failing to hit the target with his finish!
66′: Enyimba need to score twice in the remaining 35 minutes to qualify for the semi-finals.
63′: Morsy buries the spot kick! Zamalek 1-0 Enyimba.
6o’: Zamalek win a penalty! Hefny’s shot hits a trailing arm inside the area…
56′: Tawfik fires a set piece towards goal, but Afelokhai saves.
51′: Fathi fires over the bar from inside the area. The winger has been wasteful today.
47′: Oladapo is down after clashing with Tawfik.
46′: The second half kicks off: Zamalek 0-0 Enyimba. Can the hosts hold on to qualify?
45′: HT: Zamalek 0-0 Enyimba. The hosts are 45 minutes away from the CAF Champions League semi-finals.
42′: Fathi shoots straight at Afelokhai.
40′: An uninspiring passage of play from both sides, with a large number of misplaced passes.
35′: Ibrahim Salah wins a corner, but it goes to waste.
32′: Onuigbo heads over the bar, as Ahmed El-Shennawy stretches for the ball.
30′: It comes to nothing, and Tarek Hamed’s subsequent volleyed attempt is closer to the corner flag than the goal.
28′: Dangerous free-kick for Zamalek…
24′: Hamed tries his luck from range, but the ball goes wide.
20′: Gamal is down injured, after clearing the ball for a corner.
19′: Enyimba go straight down the other end and win two consecutive corners, but the hosts clear the danger.
18′: Chance! Afelokhai takes the ball off of Bassem Morsy’s head inside the six-yard box!
17′: The visitors are defending well, much to the frustration of the Egyptians.
15′: Zamalek are dominating possession in the early stages.
10′: A promising Enyimba free-kick goes to waste.
5′: Fathi crosses, but the ball is high and wide.
0′: The whistle blows, and we’re underway at the PetroSport stadium.
Egypt manager Hector Cuper is watching from the stands tonight.
Just over 15 minutes to kickoff here in Cairo, with temperatures of 29 degrees in the capital city.
Zamalek XI: El-Shennawy; Tawfik, Gabr, Islam Gamal, Ramzy Khaled; Hamed, Moruf, Ibrahim Salah; Fathi, Hefny; Morsy
Subs: Salah, Dewidar, Shikabala, Mayuka, Stanley
Enyimba XI: Theophilus Afelokhai, Dare Ojo, Chima Akas, Kelly Kester, Chinedu Udoji, Emmanuel Anyawu, Olufemi Oladapo, Ifeanyi Onuigbo, Stephen Chukwude, Nzube Anaezemba, Joseph Osadiaye
Subs: Moses Ocheje, Uche John, Thankgod Ike, Abdulrazak Aliyu, Peter Onyekachi, Mfon Udoh, Abu Azeez
Can’t wait for kickoff? Read our match preview here.
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