Osorio proud of his team despite Arab Cup exit, Ronaldo praises Zamalek's performance

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Aug 2023

Zamalek coach Juan Carlos Osorio expressed his pride in his team's performance following their 1-1 draw against Saudi giants Al-Nassr on Thursday.

Juan Carlos Osorio
Zamalek coach Juan Carlos Osorio


Despite the draw, the Egyptian side was eliminated from the regional competition's group stage, as they were unable to secure the victory needed to advance.

"I am proud of my players' performance against a formidable club like Al-Nassr," Osorio told the post-match news conference.

"We were able to contain Al-Nassr's offense, and I believe they had few dangerous opportunities."

Midfielder Ahmed 'Zizo' Sayed gave Zamalek the lead in the 53rd minute, but Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo equalised three minutes before the end, providing his team with a chance to progress to the next round.

Meanwhile, Al-Nassr's Cristiano Ronaldo praised Zamalek's performance, emphasizing that the Egyptian side displayed strength and discipline throughout the game.

"Zamalek is a strong and disciplined team, and they made it difficult for us to play our usual game," Ronaldo said after the match.

As the second-place finishers in the group, Al-Nassr will face Morocco's Raja de Casablanca in the quarterfinals, while group leaders Al-Shabab will take on UAE side Al-Wehda.  

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