Zamalek lose 2-1 to RS Berkane in Confederation Cup 1st leg final

Ahram Online , Monday 13 May 2024

Zamalek Tunisian striker Seifeddine Jaziri scored a second half goal as the White Knights kept their hopes on winning the Confederation Cup title alive after losing 2-1 to Moroccan side RS Berkane in the 1 st leg of the competition’s final in Morocco on Sunday.



RS Berkane took an early lead in the 13th minute when defender Issoufou Dayou converted a penalty.

Adil Tahif then doubled their lead in the 32nd minute.

However, Zamalek quickly responded in the second half, with Seif Jaziri finding the back of the net just one minute after the restart.

Zamalek coach Jose Gomes had limited options and fielded almost the same squad that played against Dreams FC in the semifinals.

The only change was the inclusion of an Egypt U-23 midfielder Mohamed Shehata, who made a strong impact during the second half.

RS Berkane started the game strongly, earning a penalty in the 13th minute when Zamalek defender Hassam Abdel-Meguid fouled Youssef Mehri inside the area.

Issoufou Dayou converted the penalty, and Zamalek appeared disjointed and lacking concentration.

Keeper, Mohamed Awad, made a mistake in the 32nd minute, failing to block Adil Tahif's easy header, resulting in RS Berkane's second goal.

Zamalek had a chance to score in the first half when Seif Jaziri's close-range header was saved by the hosts' goalkeeper just three minutes before halftime.

However, they were lucky to score an early goal in the second half, as Jaziri managed to convert a difficult header.

The goal injected Zamalek with confidence, and they controlled a big part of the second half.

However, they failed to seriously threaten the hosts.

On the other hand, Youssef Mehri missed two clear opportunities, with his shot from outside the area narrowly missing the target in the 62 nd minute.

Zamalek's goalkeeper, Mohamed Awad, denied Mehri's second chance, two minutes later.

The remaining minutes passed without any real threats from both sides, and Zamalek managed to maintain the result ahead of the second leg, which will take place in Cairo next week.

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