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No miraculous comeback as Zamalek exit Champions despite Teungueth crushing

Ahram Online , Saturday 10 Apr 2021
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File photo: Zamalek's Zizo in action with Esperance Sportive de Tunis' Abdelraouf Benguit REUTERS

Zamalek crushed Senegal's Teungueth 4-1 but it turned out to be a consolation win as they were denied from Champions League quarter final spot following a draw between Tunisia's Esperance and MC Alger of Algeria on Saturday.

Two goals apiece from striker Marwan Hamdi, who opened his Zamalek account, and central defender Mahmoud El-Wensh gave Zamalek a comprehensive win that while Papa Sakho scored Teungueth lone goal.

Esperance finished on top of Group D with 11 points, followed by MC Alger on 9 while Zamalek came third with 8. Debutants Teungueth finished at the bottom after collecting four points from their six games.

Two rounds ago, Zamalek faced an uphill climb to avoid a group-stage elimination following back-to-back defeats by Esperance. They needed to defeat MC Alger and bottom side Teungueth and hoped Esperance would beat the Algerian side in the final decisive round in order to advance courtesy of a better head-to-head record.

They outplayed MC Alger in a 2-0 away victory, their first ever in Algeria, but they weren't handed any favors in Rades.

Acres of space

Zamalek bombarded Teungueth's goal from the outset, with the visitors' bold approach leaving their illustrious opponents with acres of spaces to exploit.

Hamdi miscued a far-post header when well-positioned to score on 11 minutes but El-Wensh made amends five minutes later, stooping to head home an inswinging free-kick from veteran winger Mahmoud Shikabala.

Hamdi, who joined Zamalek from Maqassa in January, netted his maiden goal on his seventh appearance to double the lead in the 25th minute.

Central defender Mahmoud Alaa released Ahmed Fatouh with a superb long ball down the left and the full-back pulled the ball back to Hamdi, who cut ahead of his marker at the near post to blast a powerful volley home.

The towering frontman was on target again in the 38th minute, lifting the ball over the advancing keeper after being found by a defence-splitting chip from playmaker Youssef Ibrahim.

It was then El-Wensh's turn as he headed home again four minutes before the break to end the match as a contest.

Papa Sakho scored a consolation early in the second half with a delightful curler but Zamalek held on for a comfortable win. 

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