Zamalek continues its negative results and draws with Mars in the "African Champions"
Egyptian Zamalek failed to win for the second time in a row and was satisfied with a goalless draw with its host Al-Marreikh Sudanese today, at Benina Martyrs Stadium in Benghazi, Libya, in the second round of Group D competitions in the group stage of the African Champions League football. It is the first point for Zamalek, the five-time champions, the last in 2002, and Mars, after losing successively to Algeria's Chabab Belouizdad and Tunisia's Esperance, who meet on Saturday.
Al-Mars dominated and possessed early with a defensive retreat of Zamalek, and in the ninth minute, Colombian Brian Angolo passed a perfect cross from the left around Brazilian Paulo Sergio de Sousa with a shot over the crossbar of goalkeeper Mohamed Awad. De Sousa returned with a strong shot from inside the penalty area, Hossam Abdel Majeed removed from the goal line (13).
With the passage of time, Zamalek's performance improved offensively due to the movements of Mahmoud Abdel Razek "Shikabala" and Ahmed Sayed "Zizou" on the sides, and multiple corners on Mohamed Mustafa's goal, and in the 32nd minute Saif Farouk Jaafar passed on the border of the area to the Tunisian uncensored Seif Eddine Jaziri shot strangely away from the goal.
Mars responded with an organized attack of several passes on the borders of the area, and the ball reached the solo Noah Al-Jazouli, who shot it next to the left post of the Awad goal (40).
Zamalek players continued their offensive pressure and Nabil Imad shot "Dunga" from outside the penalty area removed by Mohamed Mustafa with difficulty (50). Angolo responded with a strong shot from a direct free kick that passed next to the left post (52), and Hamza Daoud wasted a sure goal opportunity for Mars after he failed to exploit the rebound ball from Awad's hand after Angolo shot and knocked it out of the goal (56).
The 70th minute saw the most dangerous opportunities Zamalek from a corner kick reached Saif Jaafar on the edge of the penalty area shot by the left post. Substitute Ramadan Wonder responded with a shot from close range that Awad narrowly removed to save his goal from a certain goal (78). He will later play in Group B with Cameroon's Coton Spor with South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns, and Algeria's JS Kabylie with Morocco's Wydad Sportive, the defending champions.