Clinical Zamalek cruise into Confederation Cup final with a 3-0 win over Dreams FC in Ghana

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Apr 2024

A clinical Zamalek side capitalized on their scoring opportunities to secure a 3-0 away victory over Dreams FC in the second leg of the Confederation Cup semi-finals on Sunday, earning a spot in the competition's final.

Zamalek striker Samson Akinyoola celebrates after scoring against Dreams FC on Sunday. Photo: Zamalek's official X account


In the first leg in Cairo, Zamalek struggled to convert their chances, resulting in a goalless draw at home, making their task more challenging for the second leg in Ghana.

However, Zamalek demonstrated their quality by defeating Dreams FC convincingly in Kumasi with a 3-0 win.

Tunisian defender Hamza Mathlouthi opened the scoring for Zamalek in the 11th minute, followed by Benin's forward Samson Akinyoola doubling the lead 17 minutes later.

Winger Mostafa Shalabi completed the rout on the hour-mark, confirming Zamalek's qualification to the final.

Zamalek's coach, Jose Gomes, received a boost with the return of Ahmed 'Zizo' Sayed, Ahmed Fatouh, and Omar Gaber, who missed the first leg.

Their presence had an immediate impact, with Mathlouthi converting Zizo's excellent cross to open the scoring after 11 minutes.

Fatouh played a role in Zamalek's second goal, which was scored by Samson Akinyoola, whose well-placed shot beat the goalkeeper on the far post.

Despite their two-goal advantage, Zamalek had some luck in the first half as Dreams FC squandered four clear goal-scoring opportunities.

In the second half, Gomes made a tactical substitution, bringing on midfielder Mohamed Shehata for Zeyad Kamal to strengthen his vulnerable midfield.

Shehata performed well in his role and came close to adding a third goal, but his powerful shot was saved by the goalkeeper seven minutes into the second half.

Eight minutes later, Tunisian striker Seif Jaziri set up Mostafa Shalabi, who scored easily from close range to secure Zamalek's third goal.

After the goal, Zamalek controlled possession, and the frustrated hosts failed to pose a significant threat.

In the final, Zamalek will face the winner of the match between Moroccan side RS Berkane and USMA of Algeria.

RS Berkane were awarded a 3-0 win in the first leg after the game was called off due to a jersey dispute.

Zamalek will play the first leg of the final away from home on May 12, with the second leg taking place in Cairo one week later.

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