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Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Wednesday's match between Egypt's Zamalek and Morocco's Raja in the 2nd leg of the African Champions League semi final

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Nov 2020
Zamalek v Raja Casablanca
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Full time: Zamalek 3-1 Raja (4-1 on aggregate)
Scorers: Ferjani Sassi 62, Mostafa Mohamed 85, 88/ Ben Malango 47


The referee blows his final whistle, Zamalek set up a mouthwatering final against Ahly on 27 November. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90+3' Zamalek make a double substitution, taking off Mostafa Mohamed and Tarek Hamed, who both risk getting a third yellow card that would rule them out of the final. 

90+1' Achraf Bencharki finds the net with a superb dinked effort after breaking clear but the goal is disallowed for offside. 

90' It's over now after a late Zamalek rally. 

89' Mostafa Mohamed kills off Raja's hopes with another goal, chesting down a long ball, breaking clear and firing a low shot past the keeper. 

89' GOOOOOOAL FOR ZAMALEK!!

85' In-form striker Mostafa Mohamed rises unmarked to send a bullet header past the keeper following an inviting cross from Zizo, leaving Raja needing to score two goals in the last five minutes. 

85' GOOOOOOAL FOR ZAMALEK!!!

83' Raja's Sanad Al Warfali almost scores an own goal as he tries to clear a cross from Mostafa Mohamed! 

81' A chance for Zamalek! Mostafa Mohamed is found by a diagonal cross and he chests it back to Zizo, whose low shot is saved by the keeper. 

78' Zamalek haven't made any substitutions with 12 minutes remaining. 

75' Another substitution for Raja. Abderrahim Achchakir replaces Abdelilah Madkour.

75' Rahimi tries his luck from distance but his effort goes wide. 

73' Cameroonian defender Fabrice Ngah is bookmed for a challenge on Zamalek's Zizo.  

70' Zamalek once again resort to their ultra-defensive tactics. Raja need to score one goal to advance. 

67' A chance for Raja but Mahmoud Alaa throws himself at the feet of the striker to block his effort. 

66' Raja make a double substitution. Mahmoud Benhalib replaces Mohsine Moutaouali.

62' Ferjani Sassi equalises with a superb effort! He exchanges passes with Bencharki on the edge of the area and sends a brilliant shot with the outside of his right foot that goes in off the post. 

62' GOOOOOOAL FOR ZAMALEK!!

60' A side-footed effort from defender Mahmoud Hamdi following a right-wing cross is collected by the keeper.

59' It's now the other way round. Raja are defending in numbers as Zamalek pile on pressure.

56' Zamalek look toothless so far in the final third.

53' Zamalek are now starting to push forward after a terrible start. Can they make amends? 

51' A long throw-in causes mayhem in the Raja area but Zamalek fail to pounce.

49' Raja have now levelled the aggregate score. Everything to play for! 

47' Zamalek are punished for their ultra defensive display as Congolese forward Ben Malango finds the net with a shot that deflects off Abdallah Gomaa to wrong-foot keeper Abou-Gabal.

47' Goal for Raja

The second half is underway

The referee blows his halftime whistle

45' Two minutes to be added as stoppage time.

44' A Moutaouali free kick from the left is cleared by the Zamalek defence. 

41' Raja's veteran forward Mohsine Moutaouali tries his luck from distance but his shot goes straight into the hands of the keeper. 

41' The hosts are hindered by too many mis-placed passes. 

37' Zamalek look sluggish when they have the ball. 

34' Zamalek are allowing Raja to totally dominate possession. 

30' A rare cross from Zamalek's left-back Abdallah Gomaa is cleared by the defence.

29' Raja midfielder Abdelilah Hafidi sends a low shot wide. 

25' A chance for Raja! A deflected cross is pushed away by Abou-Gabal. It looks as it would sail into the net! 

24' A volley from Achraf Bencharki goes over the bar but Zamalek players demand a penalty for an apparent handball on a Raja player.

23' Zamalek are overly relying on their defence. They seem to have little appetite to go forward.

22' A long throw-in from Ahmed Eid eludes a couple of defenders but striker Mostafa Mohamed fails to control it. 

20' Raja's Abdelilah Madkour receives a yellow card for a foul on Achraf Bencharki.

17' The referee waves away Raja's claims for a penalty after Ben Malangi falls following a challenge with Mahmoud Alaa.

16' Zamalek are yet to create any chances. 

13' Raja push forward in the first quarter of an hour as Zamalek sit back to soak up pressure.

13' A deflected shot by Ben Malango goes out for a corner. 

11' The first chance for Raja! A corner finds Sanad El Wafarli, whose header is pushed away by Abou-Gabal.

11' A dangerous Raja cross from the left is headed out by Abdallah Gomaa for a corner.

9' Zamalek's right-back Ahmed Eid is robbed but a subsequent Raja shot goes high over. 

7' Another innocuous long ball is collected by Abou-Gabal. Zamalek look tight at the back in the early stages. 

4' A long Raja ball goes straight into the hands of Zamalek keeper Abou-Gabal.

3' Zamalek look to be adopting a balanced approach to the game.

2' Who will have the initiative tonight? 


The match is underway

Starting line-ups:

Zamalek: Mohamed Abou-Gabal, Ahmed Eid, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdi, Abdallah Gomaa, Tarek Hamed, Eslam Gaber, Ferjani Sassi, Ahmed Zizo, Achraf Bencharki, Mostafa Mohamed

Raja: Mohamed Bouamira, Badr Benoun, Sanad Al Warfali, Abdelilah Madkour, Fabrice Ngah, Omar Arjoune, Zakaria El Wardi, Abdelilah Hafidi, Mohsine Moutaouali, Soufiane Rahimi, Ben Malango


20:10 Raja make three changes to the side that played in the first leg. Mohamed Bouamira replaces goalkeeper Anas Zniti, who was ruled out after contracting COVID-19, with Sanad Al Warfali and Zakaria El Wardi also making starts.

19:45 Zamalek welcome back favourite defensive duo Mahmoud Alaa and Mahmoud Hamdi after both recovered from injuries. Tunisian midfielder Ferjani Sassi, who recovered from the coronavirus, replaces injured deep-lying forward Youssef Obama in a more advanced role.

18:30 Zamalek's last Champions League title, which they won in 2002, came at the expense of Raja following a 1-0 aggregate win in the final.

17:30 Zamalek had the upper hand in previous meetings with Raja, winning three matches, drawing one and losing only once.

16:30 Three Zamalek players are at risk of being suspended for the final if they get a second yellow card; goalkeeper Mohamed Abo Gabal, midfielder Tarek Hamed and striker Mostafa Mohamed.

15:30 Zamalek have never been defeated at Cairo Stadium since their first participation in the African tournaments in 1976.

14:30 Zamalek welcomed also their defending pillars Mahmoud Alaa,  Hazem Emam and Mahmoud “El-Wensh” Hamdi, while they will be missing key player Youssef “Obama” Ibrahim due to injury.

13:30 Despite hit by more than a dozen COVID-19 infections, Raja will be just missing 3 players; their regular goalkeeper Anas Zniti, left back Abdeljalil Jbira and midfielder Mohamed Douik.

12:30 Raja lost at home two weeks ago but coach Sellami is in defiant mood, “We will be ready for the game on all levels. It will be a tense encounter and will witness many surprises.”

 

Venue: Cairo International Stadium

Referee: Magit Nday (Senegal)

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