VIDEO: Zamalek end Arab Championship campaign with victory over Al-Nassr
Zamalek claimed a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr in their final group stage game of the Arab Club Championship.
This marked Zamalek’s first game after the departure of Portuguese manager Augusto Inacio, with former Zamalek player Tarek Yehia being appointed as a caretaker manager.
Zamalek skipper Hazem Emam, who has recently returned to the White Castle after the end of his loan spell with Ittihad of Alexandria, gave his side an early lead as he blasted a shot from outside the box in the first minute.
Al-Nassr equalised quickly with Brazilian midfielder Leonardo Pereira sending an angled drive past Zamalek keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy in the 12th minute.
The Saudi side then wasted a chance to take the lead after they were awarded a controversial penalty for a handball by Osama Ibrahim, but El-Shennawy saved it to keep the scoreline levelled at 1-1.
Mahmoud Hamdy ‘El-Wensh’ headed Osama Ibrahim’s free-kick to regain Zamalek’s lead eight minutes from half-time.
Al-Nassr pushed forward for an equaliser during the second half but were either denied by El-Shennawy or the woodwork as Zamalek earned their first victory in the tournament.
The White Knights had a disappointing campaign in the Arab Championship, as they hadplayed out a 2-2 draw in their first group game with Morocco’s Fath Union Sport (FUS) before suffering a 1-0 defeat against Lebanese side Al-Ahed.
They finished third in Group B with four points, one behind Al-Ahed who sit second, level on five points with leaders FUS. The Moroccan side, however, qualified for the semifinal on goal difference.
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