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Zamalek on brink of elimination after 3-1 loss to CAPS United

Zamalek on brink of elimination after 3-1 loss to CAPS United

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Zamalek lost 3-1 away to Zimbabwe’s CAPS United in the the fifth match-day of the group stages of the CAF Champions League.

Zamalek entered the game knowing that they need a win or at least a draw to have a realistic chance of qualifying to the quarter-finals, after USM Alger and Al Ahli Tripoli played to a 1-1 draw on Friday, June 30.

In the 10th minute, Moruf Yusuf had a shot from outside of the box, but it was caught easily by the CAPS goalkeeper, before both Stanley and Ahmed Tawfik saw their shots sail above the goal ten minutes later.

A defensive error soon after led Stanley to a 1v1 with the goalkeeper, but it was easily dealt with by the CAPS goalkeeper.

CAPS United scored their first goal in the 31st minute, after Ali Gabr and Ibrahim Salah were unable to clear the ball from inside the box.

In the 39th minute, Inácio made his first change replacing Ibrahim Salah with Ayman Hefny, and only five minutes later, Hefny sent in a through ball to Stanley, who scored the Whites’ only goal.

Hefny tried to send Stanley through on goal again in the 53rd minute, but the goalkeeper got to the ball before the Nigerian.

Ahmed El-Shennawy made an crucial save after Gabr was fouled on the edge of the box to prevent CAPS from adding to their lead, however, in the 75th minute, CAPS scored their second goal through Abbas Amidu.

Amidu then used his pace to score his second of the game in injury time to give the Zimbabwean side all three points

The result means that Zamalek is now in fourth place with five points ahead of the final match-day, while CAPS United moved up to third with six points, two points behind USM Alger and Al Ahli Tripoli.

Zamalek final group-stage game will be against Al Ahli Tripoli, and the Whites fate is out of their hands as they will need USM Alger to force CAPS United to drop points, as well as beating the Libyans in Alexandria on July 9.

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