VIDEO: Al-Hadary's calamitous error gives Leopards win over El Merreikh

Mohamad Mosselhi, Sunday 4 Nov 2012

Essam Al-Hadary's costly error denies Sudanese side El Merreikh at least a draw in Congo after a 2-1 defeat by Lepoard in the first leg of the Confederation Cup's semis

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Sudan’s El-Merreikh goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary (Photo: Ahram Online archive)

El Merreikh's Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary committed a fatal mistake to help Congo's Leopards claim a 2-1 home win over his club El Merreikh of Sudan in the first leg of the Confederation Cup semi-final on Sunday.

The game looked as though it was heading for a draw when El-Hadary's dreadful blunder allowed a Leopard player to score the winner seven minutes from time.

He stole the ball from within the grasp of El-Hadary, who was ready to launch the ordinary goalkeeper punt but his reluctance gave his opponent the chance to score a stunning goal.

El Merreikh will host Leopards two weeks later in the second leg in Sudan.

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