OBAMA RESCUES ZAMALEK FROM JAWS OF DEFEAT

Substitute Youssef Ibrahim ‘Obama’ scored at the death to save Zamalek from an embarrassing home defeat to Petro Atletico on Sunday in Alexandria.

Brazilian Tiago Azulao had given the visiting Angolans a shocking lead on the hour-mark of the Group D clash, only for Ibrahim nicknamed ‘Obama’ to snatch a point for the White Knights with virtually the last kick of the game.

Winless after two matches, the five-time African champions needed nothing short of victory to boost their chances. After failing to break the deadlock in an even first half, they found themselves a goal down after Antonio Rosa beat his marker before squaring to Azulao, who fired home past Zamalek goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh to stun the home crowd.

Zamalek fought back with Tunisian-import Ferjani Sassi, his compatriot Hamdi Naguez and left-back Abdallah Gomaa leading raids upfront in search for the equalizer.

Swiss coach Christian Gross brought on Aymen Hefny and Obama as he varied his tactics. The former nearly grabbed the equalizer with his first touch on 64 minutes, heading wide Gomaa’s cross from close range.

After failing to break through the iron clad Petro defence, Zamalek had the last laugh as a Gomaa cross met the head of Obama for the equalizer in the final minute of added-on time.

Zamalek remain at the foot of the standings with two points from three games, four shy of leaders Gor Mahia of Kenya, who beat Algeria’s Nasr Hussein Dey 2-0 in Nairobi in the earlier game. Both Hussein Dey and Petro have four points apiece.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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