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The much talked about CAF Champions League derby clash between the two Cairo giants Zamalek and Al Ahly ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday, with Ahly a lot more comfortable with the result than Zamalek.

Group A had already been treated to a dose of shock therapy on Saturday when Zimbabwean club side Dynamos Harare defeated ASEC Mimosas 2-1 on their own patch in Abidjan, under the watchful eyes of thousand of ASEC faithfuls.

Zamalek were hoping to make the Abidjan result count in their favour when they played Ahly.

However the Whites had a jinx to break, as they had not defeated Al Ahly in four derbies played prior to the game.

Angolan striker, Flavio Amado gave Ahly an early lead in the encounter as he found his way in between two Zamalek defenders to connect with fellow Angolan team mate Gilberto's freekick. Flavio sent his unmarked header past the hapless Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed in goal for Zamalek.

Ahly kept piling up the pressure even after the opening goal, and had two clear opportunities to double their advantage from set pieces. The Zamalek defence suffered a major setback just before the start of the game with sweeper Hani Saied forced to leave the encounter after suffering an injury a few minutes before kick-off during the warm-up. Ahmed Magdi was originally billed to start on the left hand side of defence had to switch to centre-back to cover up for Saied.

Headed balls from Ahmed Hassan and Rami Adel could have increased the goal advantage for Al Ahly, but Al-Sayed stood firm in goal for Zamalek.

Ayman Abdul-Aziz was absent in the Zamalek midfield, offering Al Ahly the opportunity to run riot in the centre of the park.

However, Gamal Hamza was able to restore parity for the Whites four minutes before the half time break as he got on the end of a quick counter attacking move by Zamalek.

Osama Hassan was able to beat the offside trap and his effort from the left side was only punched away by goalkeeper Amir Abdul-Hamid, Hassan took the ball again and passed it to Hamza who tapped into an empty net.

Ghanaian international striker, Junior Agogo put Zamalek ahead in the encounter six minutes after the restart with a trademark quick move and his low shot fired into the bottom corner beat goalkeeper Abdul-Hamid.

Al Ahly drew level about twenty minutes later, as influential midfielder Aboutreika controlled Flavio's pass inside the area and fired a low shot inside the Zamalek area.

The Group B game between former two time Champions Enyimba FC and Al Hilal of Sudan was postponed to Monday after heavy downpour forced the referee to call off the encounter.

Awenlimobor Sylvester


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