Zamalek edge Hassania to reach semifinals
Zamalek secured a 1-0 win over Hassania Agadir in the Caf Confederation Cup quarterfinal second-leg match at the Egyptian Army Stadium in Egypt on Sunday.
The victory saw the Egyptian giants advance to the semifinals where they will face the winner between Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel and Sudanese outfit Al Hilal Omdurman.
Moroccan outfit Hassania crashed out of the continental tournament after losing 1-0 on aggregate.
The White Knights had been held to a goalless draw by Ghazelle De Sousse in the first-leg clash in Morocco last weekend.
The hosts were forced to make a change just 16 minutes into the game as Ferjani Sassi went down injured, and he was replaced by Mohammed Ibrahim.
Khalid Boutaib had a chance to hand Zamalek the lead in the 18th minute, but the lanky striker placed his header wide of the target.
The White Knights were able to create chances which they could not convert as Ibrahim failed to beat Abderrahman El Hoausli in Hassania goal in the 31st minute.
The score was 0-0 at the interval with Hassania having contained Zamalek in the first half.
The White Knights pressed Ghazelle De Sousse after the restart and they managed to break the deadlock through Ibrahim Hassan.
The 25-year-old midfielder beat El Houasli with a decent finish to make it 1-0 to Zamalek as the hosts’ pressure finally paid off.
Hassania coach Miguel Gamondi decided to make a change – introducing attack-minded player, Karim El Berkaoui as the visitors looked to level matters.
However, Zamalek stood firm at the back in the closing stages of the match and ultimately, they emerged 1-0 winners against Hassania on the night.
ZAMALEK (0) 1 (Hassan 49′)
HASSANIA (0) 0
Zamalek won 1-0 on aggregate.