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Zamalek eliminated from CAF Champions League after 2-2 draw

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Zamalek were unable to pull off final day heroics, only managing a 2-2 home draw against Ahli Tripoli to tumble out of the CAF Champions League.

Zamalek XI: Ahmed El-Shennawy; Mohamed Nassef, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Tawfik; Dunga, Moruf Yusuf, Ayman Hefny, Shikabala; Bassem Morsy, Hossam Paulo.

Zamalek SC entered the the final match day in last place in their group, but with still a good chance of qualifying. They needed to defeat Ahli Tripoli and have USM Alger deny CAPS United a win.

All things were going to plan as the match started. 14 minutes in, Bassem Morsy scored a delightful goal to put the Whites on top. USM Alger went 2-0 up on their Zimbabwean counterparts in the first half. Minutes before half time, Mahmoud El-Wensh conceded a penalty, earned a second yellow card, and was sent off. The Libyans made no mistake from the spot and brought the game level.

In the 57th minute, Shikabala’s free kick was just tipped over by the Ahli goalkeeper. Ten minutes later, Ahli forward Mibidi chipped El-Shennawy from 30 yards out to stun the home team and supporters. However, Moruf Yusuf brought the game level again six mintues later.

USMA had built a 4-1 lead at this point, and Zamalek had 15 minutes to find a winner. However, the more dangerous chances fell to the Libyans, with El-Shennawy pulling off two spectacular saves in the dying moments. Zamalek was not able to score a third, and Ahli Tripoli held on to advance to the knockout stages, finishing second to USM Alger.

Mohaned Ghanem, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Avid supporter of all things Egypt, especially Al Ahly. Gooner.

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