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Zamalek caught cold in Cairo as Ethiopia's Saint George grab 1-1 draw
Egypt's Zamalek fail to take a first-leg advantage in the African Champions League last 16 after a 1-1 draw at home to Ethiopia's Saint George on Saturday
Egypt's Zamalek are facing the prospect of early African Champions League elimination after they needed a late goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Ethiopia's Saint George in the first leg of the competition's round of 16 on Saturday.
In a match played behind closed doors at Cairo's Air Defence Stadium, Saint George took a surprising lead three minutes past the hour mark when Umed Ukuri pounced on a defensive howler to fire home following a bursting run.
Burkinabe striker Abdoulaye Cisse, who was introduced in the second half, levelled the score with eight minutes remaining but the visitors survived a late onslaught to claim a valuable draw.
Five-time African champions Zamalek, who last won the Champions League in 2002, will need to win away from home or secure a high-scoring draw in a fortnight to reach the group stage and avoid a surprising elimination.
The White Knights had to do without their fans after Egyptian authorities imposed a crowd ban in the wake of recent disturbances in continental and regional games for Zamalek, Ahly and Ismaily.
Ethiopia's St. George holds Egypt’s Zamalek to a 1-1 draw
Source: Al Arabiya
Egypt’s Zamalek football team is at risk of early elimination in the African Champions League after it fell in a 1-1 draw at home against Ethiopia’s Saint George on Saturday.
The Egyptian team playing at Cairo’s Air Defense Stadium struggled in front of the Ethiopian players in the first half of the match, Ahram Online reported.
The Ethiopian team created many goal scoring chances which could have resulted in them winning the clash.
Saint George’s Umed Ukuri has put his team ahead by scoring in the 67th minute. But Zamalek striker Abdoulaye Cisse scored a late equalizer in the 82nd minute, leaving the hosts with something to cheer about.
The current score leaves the Egyptian White Knights at risk of being eliminated from the champion’s first leg. They will need to win away from home fortnight to reach the group stage, the website added.
This shows how Ethiopian football has improved to the level of world standard.
Equalizing an Egyptian team in their own turf is remarkable.
That’s what I am talking about!!!
Keep it up Saint George!!! Keep it up Ethiopia!!!
Wow…this means a lot for Ethiopians. We have proven one more time that we are getting better every day. We had shown our capabilities on the African matches, this time we shown for the world again. I am hoping that we will be one of the nations that represent Africa in the world cup to come. Go Ethiopians!!! We are very proud of you!
Kidus Giorgis and Zemalek ,a great
History in African Football Games !!!
You see how the teams are developed! The moment the dedebit children are out the victory is at hand. First we have to wait for 22 years until they can play football and they have to be represented in the national team and the result was catastrophee. Dedebit which was made of Money stolen fro ethiopians throguh effort couldnt make it even the first round. This is a good lesson for the ever green woyanes.
St George has been one of the top teams in the continent of Africa, and has a reputation of being a well managed team.
St George has to build on their success and go on to claim the cup.
Yes, friends open your eyes and look at the miracles happening in front of our eyes: our football getting better day by day, athletes winning almost in every competionn, bridges built all over the country, roads and streets criss-crossing the country, the soon-to-be the 7th largest dam in the World will be completed soon, a dramatic increase in agricultural and industrial outputs, our airlines growing leap and bound etc., just to mention a few, are testimonies that Ethiopia is heading in the right direction and is in good hands!!! May God bless Ethiopia!!! Thank you Melese and your colleagues!!
Did anyone notice how skinny is the St. George player compared to the Zamalek’s player!!!
It is a good competitive game to have a draw.
Nope… No one noticed…
Everyone noticed that you are looking for something negative to say though…
the only non vulgar good comment i read from you.
your hate toward your tigrian cousins is immeasurable. i always suspect you are an abandoned son of a tgre who have been fed anti tigre sentiment by your single mom. if that is true please blame your dad not the the tigrian people. despite the historical crime committed upon us by the abysinians, we have forgiven and forgotten and start living and reaping the fruit of the new ethiopia. please brother grow up and think beyond the horizon.
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