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Smouha beat Ulinzi Stars 4-0 to close in on group stage spot



Smouha beat , from Kenya, in a dominant performance that leaves them closer to reaching the 2017 group stage.

The Alexandria side were on the front foot from the opening minute. Former ENPPI striker, Ahmed Raouf spearheaded the Smouha attacks and opened the scoring as early as the 12th minute.

He controlled a ball into the Ulinzi box and put it into the net despite the number of bodies in the box.

Raouf could have had a first half hatrick save for two moments of bad luck. First, his header come off the crossbar then saw the referee rule out a goal, for offside, in the 21st minute.

Nevertheless, a second goal came the way of the hosts. After being denied time and again by Ulinzi keeper, Saruni, Islam Mohareb was on hand to extend Smouha’s lead in the 38th minute. The midfielder’s shot across goal got the better of the Ulinzi keeper.

Little changed in the second half for both the Egyptian and the Kenyan side. Smouha continued to dominate and put the game beyond Ulinzi Stars in the 69th minute.

Mahmoud Abdelaziz scored for a second successive match. The referee had initially denied his headed goal for a foul on the keeper. But after consultations with his assistants, he allowed the goal to stand for a 3-0 scoreline.

A fourth goal was on the cards and it came in the 87th minute. It was Smouha, again, who scored and through attacking midfielder Islam Mohareb, again.

Simple passes managed to open up the Ulinzi defense and El Monoufy got into space to set up Mohareb in the box, for 4-0.

The win leaves Smouha closer to a second ever appearance in a CAF club competition group stage. For Ulinzi, it was a second 4-0 loss at the hands of an Egyptian side. Zamalek achieved a similar feat in 2011.

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