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RELIVE: Egypt's Zamalek v Tunisia's Esperance (African Super Cup)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Friday's match between Egypt's Zamalek and Tunisia's Esperance in the African Super Cup

Ahram Online , Friday 14 Feb 2020
Soccer Football - African Super Cup Final - Esperance Sportive de Tunis v Zamalek - Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - February 14, 2020 Esperance Sportive de Tunis' Fousseny Coulibaly in action with Zamalek's Obama REUTERS

Full time: Zamalek 3-1 Esperance
Scorers: Youssef Ibrahim 2, Achraf Bencharki 58, 90+3/ Abdelraouf Benguit 54 pen


The referee blows his final whistle, Zamalek win the African Super Cup with an impressive 3-1 victory over Esperance. 

90+3' Bencharki caps his efforts with a second goal as Zamalek put the result to bed. He finished off a sweeping counter attack with a dinked effort over the keeper. 


90' Zamalek make their final substitution. Moroccan winger Mohamed Ounajem replaces striker Mostafa Mohamed. 

89' A chance for Esperance! Ben Hammouda's skidding shot is pushed to a corner by Abou-Gabal. 

88' Zamalek make a second substitution. Central defender Mohamed Abdel-Ghani replaces right-back Hazem Emam. 

87' Ali Ben Hammouda heads home for Esperance but the referee disallows the goal for a foul. 

85' A bicycle effort by Esperance's Khenissi goes wide. Esperance are still find it hard to carve out openings. 

83' Zamalek's defensive midfielder Tarek Hamed is booked. 

82' Zamalek make their first substitution. Abdallah Gomaa replaces winger Ahmed Sayed. 

80' Youssef Ibrahim goes close with a curling shot! Bencharki was lurking unmarked though. 

79' Esperance are hindered by too many mis-placed passes in their own half. 

76' Esperance make their third and final substitution. Fadi Ben Choug replaces Ibrahim Outtara.

76' A mis-hit shot from Esperance's Abdelraouf Benguit goes wide. 

75' Zamalek look composed as Esperance struggle to create openings. 

72' A header from Mahmoud Alaa following a corner goes high over. 

70' A chance for Zamalek on another counter attack! Youssef Ibrahim's shot is smothered by Ben Cherifia. 

69' Esperance make their second substitution. Mohamed Ali Ben Hammouda replaces Billel Bensaha.

68' Zamalek remain dangerous on breakaways. Can they survive the expected pressure from Esperance in the final 20 minutes? 

63' Esperance keeper Moez Ben Cherifia fumbles at a shot from Mostafa Mohamed but collects the ball on the second attempt. 

63' Bencharki receives a yellow card. 

63' Zamalek are displaying an attractive brand of football tonight. 

60' Esperance make their first substitution. Bonsu is replaced with Taha Khenissi. 

58' Bencharki restores Zamalek's advantage in superb fashion! He intercepts a poor pass from Kwame Bonsu, holds of him to jink into the area before placing a precise low shot into the bottom corner past the stranded keeper. 


56' It's an end-to-end affair now, with both sides looking capable of scoring. 

54' Abdelraouf Benguit finds the roof of the net from the spot, sending Abou-Gabal the wrong way as Esperance level the score. 

54' Goal for Esperance! 

51' Penalty for Esperance! Hamdi is also booked for the handball. 

50' The referee will check the video replay to decide whether it's a penalty. Television replays seem inconclusive. 

48' Esperance players appeal for penalty for an alleged handball on defender Mahmoud Hamdi. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his half-time whistle 

45' Esperance midfielder Fousseny Coulibaly receives a yellow card for tugging Zamalek forward Youssef Ibrahim. 

42' Bencharki wastes another clear-cut chance! Mostafa Mohamed skips past his challenger in the area and fires a powerful drive that is parried by the keeper. The ball then falls to Bencharki, whose bouncing volley goes over the bar with the goal gaping.  

39' A golden chance spurned by Zamalek!! A neatly-worked move sees Achraf Bencharki sends in a low cross, which eludes Mostafa Mohamed and finds Ahmed Sayed, whose goal-bound shot is deflected for a corner. 

36' Zamalek defender Mahmoud Hamdi makes a timely interception to thwart Billel Bensaha in the area following a long ball. 

33' Khail Chammam's tame free kick is blocked by Zamalek's defensive wall. Elhouni's follow-up effort is saved by keeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal. 

31' Zamalek's central defender Mahmoud Alaa blocks an Esperance shot. 

30' The first half an hour is evenly balanced. Zamalek made a fine start but Esperance quickly regained their rhythm, wasting two goal-scoring chances. 

25' A chance for Zamalek! Esperance are robbed on the edge of the area and Mostafa lets fly, his effort going just over the bar. 

21' From the resulting corner, Ivorian Ibrahim Outtara heads high over at the near post. 

20' Another shot from Bonsu is deflected for a corner as Esperance intensify their pressure. 

17' A cross from Esperance full-back Sameh Derbali goes begging. 

16' A chance of Zamalek at the other end! A volley from lone striker Mostafa Mohamed goes just over the bar. 

14' Esperance create their first goal-scoring chance! Elhouni pulls the ball back to the unmarked Kwame Bonsu, whose low shot from inside the area goes just wide. 

12' Zamalek's Abdel-Shafi clears a dangerous cross from Hamdou Elhouni.

8' Esperance are stepping up a gear after an explosive start for Zamalek. 

5' Zamalek are dominating the early proceedings, with Esperance still unable to get out of their own half. 

2' Zamalek open the scoring very early! Veteran left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi skips past his challenger on the flank and whips in an inviting cross for forward Youssef Ibrahim to head home. What a dream start for the Egyptians! 


The match is underway 


Zamalek: Mohamed Abo Gabal - Hazem Emam, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh, Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Abdel Shafy- Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Yousef Ibrahim Obama, Ashraf Bencharki, Ahmed Sayed Zizo – Mostafa Mohamed.

Esperance: Moez Ben Cherifia – Sameh Derbali, Mohamed Ali Yaakoubi, Khail Chammam, Ilyes Chetti – Fousseny Coulibaly, Kwame Bonsu, Abdelraouf Benguit – Billel Bensaha, Hamdou Elhouni, Ibrahim Outtara.


17:35 Time for the warm-up! What are your expectations for the clash? 

17:15 Both sets of fans are roaring on their teams, around 15 minutes before kick-off. 

Soccer Football - African Super Cup Final - Esperance Sportive de Tunis v Zamalek - Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - February 14, 2020 Zamalek fans before the match REUTERS

16:00 Zamalek and Esperance will face off in two other games in the Champions League quarterfinals. The first meeting will be on 29 February in the first leg while the second leg will be played on 6 March at Stade olympique de Rades in Tunisia.

14:30 Zamalek and Esperance met in six games in the African Champions League in which the former won twice, lost once, and drew three times.

13:00 Esperance de Tunis coach Moine Chaabani confirmed his team's readiness for the African Super Cup game against Zamalek.

"We will face Zamalek three times in three weeks. Esperance are ready for the African Super Cup game and the players are ambitious to win the title," Chaabani told Tunisian newspaper Assabah.

12:00 Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron confirmed that the game against Esperance will be difficult as the Tunisian side have dominated their group in the Africa Champions League.

"I respect Esperance as a big team in Africa and I respect their coach Moine Chaabani," Carteron said ahead of the game.

"The game will be difficult despite the departure of the influential players from Esperance squad but the Tunisian team still performing well in all competitions," the Zamalek coach added.

11:30 Egypt's Zamalek, who won the Confederation Cup last season, are set to face Africa Champions League winners Esperance of Tunisia in Qatari capital Doha on Friday.

Venue: Thani Bin Jassim Stadium (Doha, Qatar)

Referee: Vector Gomes (South Africa)

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All times are GMT +2 (Cairo local time)

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