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VIDEO: Zamalek salvage last-gasp draw against USM Alger


Photo: Zamalek SC

Substitute Emmanuel Mayuka scored a late goal to help Zamalek clinch a 1-1 home draw against USM Alger in the CAF Champions League group stage on Friday.

Despite the draw, Zamalek remain on top of their group with five points, one above Al Ahli Tripoli and USM Alger. CAPS United sit at the bottom of the group with three points.

Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Hosni Fathi, Ali Gabr, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh; Moruf Yusuf, Salah Rico, Mohamed Ibrahim, Mahmoud Abdel-Razek Shikabala, Ahmed Refaat; Bassem Morsy.

USM Alger XI: Mohamed Zemmamouche; Mohamed Meftah, Farouk Chafai, Ayoub Abdellaoui, Mokhtar Benmoussa, Hamza Koudri, Raouf Benguit, Carolus Andriamatsinoro, Kaddour Beldjilali, Abderrahmane Meziane, Oussama Darfalou

Zamalek had their first chance after eight minutes when Shikabala skipped through into the box but his low cross was cleared by the defence. Twenty minutes into the game, Mohamed Ibrahim’s pass found Bassem Morsy whose strike hit the bar.

The hosts continued to waste chances as Moruf Yusuf’s shot from the edge of the area went off target before Ahmed Refaat’s effort was blocked by the guests’ keeper Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche.

USM Alger opened the scoring on the half-hour mark against the run of the play as defender Farouk Chafai ran behind Hosni Fathi to score into the far post from a free-kick.

Five minutes into the second half, Moruf Yusuf missed a chance to score the equaliser as the Nigerian’s shot skimmed past Zemmamouche’s left post.

The visitors were then close to making it 2-0 but failed to score from a close-range header. Meanwhile, the White Knights continued to push for an equaliser as Shikabala’s volley from the edge of the area went over the bar.

Just after the one-hour mark, Zamalek manager Augusto Inácio brought on Stanley Ohawuchi instead of Ahmed Refaat, before Mostafa Fathi and Emmanuel Mayuka came on to replace Mohamed Ibrahim and Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh respectively.

Eleven minutes from time, Darfalou scored for the Algerian side from a corner kick but it was disallowed, with the referee adjudging that the ball had gone out of play

The game seemed to be headed for a 1-0 victory for USM Alger after Morsy and Fathi failed to score from inside the six-yard box.

Mayuka, however, capitalised on a goalkeeping blunder to score the equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time.

Morsy almost gifted Zamalek the three points as he scored a minute later but it was ruled out for an offside as both sides shared the spoils.

Ahmed is a social media team member and news reporter at KingFut. In addition, he's a football coach at Elite International Soccer academy. Previously wrote for Outside of the Boot and a Business Administration student at Misr International University.

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