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RELIVE: Mamelodi Sundowns v Zamalek (CAF Champions League Final, 1st leg)
Published in Ahram Online on 15 - 10 - 2016


Full time: Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 Zamalek
90+4 The ref blows the final whistle, it's Sundowns three, Zamalek nil.
90+2 Foul against right-back Tawfik.
88' Tau exploits the space vacated by the pushing forward Ramzi, but his effort eventually goes wide.
85' Zwane replaces Kekana for the hosts' last change of the game.
84' Gennesh comes out of goal in time to thwart Tau who could've been through on goal!
83' Fathi evades several challengers before striking towards goal but the threat is contained!!
80' A dangerous team-move from Sundowns ends up with Hamed clearing away from inside the box.
75' Mostafa Fathi replaces striker Morsi for Zamalek's last substitution of the game.
74' Tawfik goes into the referee's book after committing a foul in his right-back position.
72' Bassem Morsi strikes narrowly wide in what initially seemed to be a promising chance for Zamalek.
71' Full-back Langerman attempts a strike from outside the box, but Gennesh eventually collects the ball.
70' Defender Soumahoro is wheeled on as Mosimane takes off the cautioned Arendse.
65' Sundowns manager Mosimane makes his first sub, introducing Modise for Billiat.
64' Stanley wins a free kick from a good position near the box.
61' Gennesh comes on to replace the apparently injured El-Shennawi.
60' El-Shennawi again on the ground..
59' Maarouf, who has now been taken to midfield, strikes from distance...
57' El-Shennawi down to the ground injured as he is currently receiving treatment.
56' The first booking of the game, Sundowns' Arendse cautioned by the ref for elbowing Bassem Morsi.
55' Moemen Soliman's first substitution, introducing Ramzi Khaled in place of Shikabala.
50' Zamalek attempting to pile up pressure in those minutes.
46' GOAL! center-back Islam Gamal scores an own goal following a cross from Tau from the left.
46' The second half begins.
45+2 The ref blows the half-time whistle.
45+1 So close!! Hefni places a ball towards the far post but narrowly misses the target!!
45' The referee gives two minutes of stoppage time.
44' The home side wins a free-kick from nearly 35 yards.
39' GOAL! Sundowns score the second through Langerman whose cross deceived keeper El-Shennawi and found the net!
36' Sundowns backed off a little, but Zamalek are yet ot find a breakthrough.
32' GOAL! Laffor gives the hosts the lead after capitalizing on a defensive lapse to go through and slide past keeper El-Shennawi.
30' Dolly hits wide from outside the area.
28' Again, Tau attempts to strike from inside the area, but misses again!!
25' Sundowns started to gain confidence now during those past minutes, managing to capitalize on the space behind the Zamalek full-backs.
22' Tau again heads dangerouly close! Zamalek fans breathed a sigh of relief now.
20' Tau heads totally wide from close-range in what initially seemed a dangerous attack from the left.
18' Midfielder Kekana also strikes from long range, but sees his attempt go wide.
15' Play is mainly restricted to midfield, with neither side managing to penetrate the opponent so far.
14' Dolly attempts a strike from outside the box but goes high over.
11' Zamalek's attacking duo of Bassem Morsi and Hefni are contributing little defensively for their side.
9' The hosts are attempting to exploit the pockets of space in Zamalek's midfield, but yet to threaten.
6' Zamalek on the attack now.
4' Shikabala and Maarouf fail to communicate well down the left, throw-in for the hosts.
2' Shikabala is on the left, Hefni in the center and Stanley down the right.
1' Kick off!
14:57: Just a few minutes left.
14:50 It remains to be seen how Zamalek's attacking line of three would lineup.
14:45 Zamalek fans will be particularly fearing the use of Maarouf at left-back, with the Nigerian's defensive qualities not quite suiting the role.
14:35 Both teams are currently warming up in a sunny noon in Pretoria.
14:30 Zamalek should be wary of the threat posed by Dolly, Laffor and Billiat.
14:15 According to Sundowns' Twitter account, the South Africans are playing a 4-3-3 formation.
14:00 Zamalek are likely to use a 4-4-2 formation, with natural left-footed midfielder Maarouf Yussuf fielded in a left-back role.
Starting lineups:
Sundowns: D.Onyango, W.Arendse, T.Nthethe, T.Langerman, H.Kekana, P.Tau, T.Mabunda, K.Dolly, A.Laffor, K.Billiat
Zamalek: Ahmed El-Shennawi, Ahmed Tawfik, Ali Gabr, Islam Gamal, Maarouf Yussuf, Ibrahim Salah, Tarek Hamed. Shikabala, Ayman Hefni, Stanley Ohawuchi, Bassem Morsi
13:00 The Whites know they are facing a side to be reckoned with this time, having been beaten by the South Africans twice in the group-stage en route to the final.
12:15 After last lifting the trophy in 2002, Zamalek managed to qualify for the final for the first time since then—their best achievement coming in 2005 when they were ousted by arch-rivals Ahly from the semis.
11:45 Five-time Champions League holders Zamalek will be looking for their sixth African title when they visit South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns for the competition's final first leg in Pretoria on Saturday.
Stay tuned as match is due to start at 15:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)

Venue: Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, Tshwane (South Africa)
Referee: Davis Ogenche Omwene (Kenya)

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