Zamalek players celebrate scoring against Esperance, photo courtesy of Zamalek Twitter
CAIRO-29 February 2020: Zamalek SC achieved an important 3-1 victory against Esperance Sportive de Tunis in the first leg of CAF Champions League quarter finals at Cairo Stadium.
The first half began with the away team Esperance missing a few chances, while the home team Zamalek made sure that they kept a clean sheet in the opening minutes of the match.
It was not until the 27th minute when the Algerian midfielder Raouf Benguit opened the scoresheet by scoring Esperance’s only goal in the match. However, Zamalek’s winger Mohamed Ounnajem quickly equalized for the home team before the end of the first half.
The second half witnessed an exchange in chances for both teams, however, the Morrocan attacking midfielder Achraf Bencharki scored Zamalek’s second goal on the 71st minute to give Zamalek the lead.
Just two minutes after Zamalek’s second goal Esperance’s midfielder Mohamed Ben Romdhane was sent off letting his team play with ten players only.
Zamalek’s defender Mahmoud Alaa made use of that advantage by scoring a penalty in the dying minutes of the game to achieve a 3-1 victory for the White Knights [Zamalek].
Esperance will host Zamalek next Friday at Stade Olympique de Rades for the second leg of the quarter finals of the CAF Champions League.