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Zamalek earn valuable away draw, reach Confederation Cup quarter-finals

Zamalek earn valuable away draw, reach Confederation Cup quarter-finals


Zamalek have reached the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals after a 0-0 away draw with Algeria’s on Sunday.

The Whites have picked up only two points from their opening three games, but seven points from nine in the return-legs ensured their place in the knockout rounds.

They needed to get at least a draw in Algeria to qualify for the quarter-finals, which they managed to do after a memorable defensive display.

As expected, the hosts were the ones to dominate the early minutes as they wanted to surprise Zamalek with an early goal, but Gennesh was there to deny them.

Zamalek had a huge chance to open the scoring through Hamid Ahdad, who rose high to meet Hamdi Nagguez’s cross, but his header from inside the six-yard box hit the side netting.

The Whites had the lion’s share of possession for the remaining of the first-half, however, in the 42nd minute Mahmoud Alaa nearly gifted the hosts the lead when he tried to clear a cross from the Algerians, but once again Gennesh was in the right place to parry the ball away.

NA Hussein Dey missed another huge chance in the 60th minute through Chamseddine Harrag, and shortly after Khalid Botuiab did the same after his header went inches above the bar.

Zamalek look organized defensively in the latter stages of the game and the hosts couldn’t break their defensive line and ultimately, the two teams settled for a 0-0 draw.

Meanwhile, in the other group game, Gor Mahia managed to beat Petro Luanda 1-0 at home despite having two men sent off, which secured them a place in the quarters.

Following the two games, Zamalek qualify for the quarter-finals as the group winners with nine points, ahead of second-placed Gor Mahia who have the same number of points, but the Whites have the upper hand in the head-to-head record.

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