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RELIVE: Zamalek v Mamelodi Sundowns (CAF Champions League Final, 2nd leg)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Sunday's match between Egypt's Zamalek and South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Oct 2016
Mamelodi Sundowns' Wayne Arendse vies with Zamalek's Basem Morsi (L) during the CAF Championship final football match on October 15, 2016 at Atteridgville Stadium in Pretoria

Full time: Zamalek 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns

90+4 The referee blows the final whislte. Sundowns are the 2016 African champions.

90+3 Just a minute remaining and Zamalek still unable to score..

90' The referee gives four minutes of injury time..

89' Just one minute left and Zamalek need to score at least two goals..

86' SO CLOSE! Mayuka heads in but a Sundowns defender clears off the line!

84' Mayuka replaces Hefni for Zamalek.

83' Billiat makes way as Zwane comes on.

82' Tarek Hamed forced off as Ibrahim Salah replaces him in the holding position.

81' A dangerous cross from Shikabala looked easy for Bassem to head towards goals but the Sundowns defense eventually clears.

80' Zamalek still resorting to long balls that are mainly won by the South Africans.

76' Kekana strikes from range but Gennesh there to thwart..

75' Shikabala wheeled on as Ramzi Khaled makes way.

70' The visitors make their second substitution with Modise coming on to replace Laffor.

68' Zamalek's looks now refreshed after the goal as they come close to scoring a second!!

64' Stanley narrows the aggregate gap for Zamalek with a strike from outside the area that founds the low corner of the net!

64' GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Stanley scores!!!

62' Hefni booked for dissent after appealing for a penalty

60' Zamalek controlling but yet to find the net...

57' After evading his challenger, Fathi strikes so wide!

53' Ali Gabr heads a corner high over the bar!

50' Bassem Morsi sees a header miss the target by inches following Khaled's cross.

47' Ramzi Khaled's set-piece hits the wall.

47' Zamalek starts the second period energetically, winning a free kick in a good position near the edge of the area.

46' The second half begins.

45+8 The referee blows the half-time whistle.

45+4 Gabr cautioned after fouling Dolly near the touchline.

45+3 Laffor strikes from outside the area as Sundowns look to exploit the spaces at the back but keeper Gennesh foils his effort.

45' Fathi continues play, makes some good effort down the right before seeing his cross headed away by Stanley.

44' Fathi, Zamalek's main source of danger in the half, falls to the ground as he looks injured.

40' Great ball!! Tawfik controlls the ball and strikes towards goal but the keeper thwarts!

39' Gennesh makes a great save!! Denying Tau's effort inside the area!

37' Zamalek unable to make the most of any corner kics as Sundowns pose great danger on the counter.

36' Tau goes into the referee's book.

34' Free kick for the visitors from a dangerous area in front of the box.

32' Hamed plays a diagonal cross into the area but Stanley sees his headed effort go wide.

30' Dwidar makes a tackle to keep the ball away. Out for corner.

28' Onyango forced off as substiutue Sandilands comes on.

25' The Sundowns keeper is again down to the ground in what seems to be an attempt to waste time.

22' Some dangerous tricks from Fathi down the right as he gets into the area but the danger is eventually cleared away.

18' Hefni wins a foul in midfield as Zamalek attempts to get out with the ball from the back.

15' The Sundowns keeper is down on the ground following the collision with Stanley.

12' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Stanley goes through on goal and sees his effort go narrowly wide of the post!! That was close!

9' Zamalek controlling play but yet to threaten.

6' Billiat attempts a strike from outside the area after finding himself in space.

3' Bassem Morsi played a through ball to Stanley from deep but the latter was offside.

2' Zamalek pushing forward intensely early on!

1' Kick off!

20:25 Both teams are now lining up 

20:15 A sell-out crowd attending the game at the 86,000 seater Borg El-Arab Stadium.

19:55 Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane has made a single change to his starting XI, introducing defender Soumahoro at the expense of Arendse.

Mamelodi Sundowns lineup:

Onyango, Mbekile, Dolly, Nthethe, Langerman, Mabunda, Kekana, Laffor, Tau, Soumahoro, Billiat 

18:20 Stanley and Morsi start as two main strikers upfront as Zamalek manager Soliman uses a 4-4-2 formation.

17:50 Zamalek manager Soliman made changes to his starting XI, including Ahmed Dwidar alongside Ali Gabr at the heart of the defense while starting with playmaker Mostafa Fathi at the expense of Shikabala 

Zamalek starting lineup:

Mahmoud 'Gennesh', Ali Gabr, Ahmed Dwidar, Ramzi Khaled, Maarouf Yussuf, Ahmed Tawfik, Tarek Hamed, Ayman Hefni, Mostafa Fathi, Bassem Morsi, Stanley Ohawuchi 


18:15 Zamalek manager Moemen Soliman said that natural midfielder Maarouf Yussuf is likely to continue at left-back tonight.
17:45 Zamalek understudy keeper Mahmoud 'Gennesh' is widely expected to stand between the sticks after a string of shaky displays from first-choice guardian Ahmed El-Shannawi 
17:15 The Zamalek fans have filled the northern stands of Borg El-Arab Stadium. 
16:45 Zamalek have won the Champions League title five times, while Sundowns are looking forward to claiming their first-ever trophy. 

16:00 Photos circulating on social media showing many Zamalek supporters flocking to the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria, more than four hours before the game. 

15:15 Sundowns coach Mosimane said: "A lot of people say Sundowns have already won the trophy but we have to remember that our opponents scored four goals at home in the semi-finals.

"It would be foolish to consider ourselves champions ahead of the return match. We do have an advantage, but there is a big hurdle to clear on Sunday night."

15:00 Sundowns are taking nothing for granted despite their comfortable lead, with coach Pitso Mosimane keeping his feet on the ground ahead of what he described as the biggest match of his career.

14:10 Zamalek's novice coach Moemen Soliman, who is eyeing his second trophy at the helm after helping the team win the Egypt Cup at the expense of arch rivals Ahly, said it would be "almost a miracle" to snatch the coveted Champions League title.

13:30 Zamalek will be boosted by huge fan support against Sundowns. Many supporters posted pictures of themselves on social media holding signs that read: "We can do it".

13:00 Zamalek, who host South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns in Alexandria on Sunday, are retaining a glimmer of hope to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit after being outplayed in a night to forget in Pretoria last week. 

Venue: Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium (Egypt)

Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia)

First leg result: Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 Zamalek

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