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Zamalek Falls to RS Berkane in First Leg of CAF Confederation Cup Final

Mon 13 May 2024 | 01:22 AM

Zamalek SC suffered a 2-1 defeat to Moroccan team RS Berkane in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final, held at the Municipal Stadium in Berkane. The match sets the stage for a crucial second leg next Sunday at Cairo International Stadium, where Zamalek will have a chance to claim the championship.

The game started with RS Berkane applying significant pressure, and quickly taking the initiative. The decisive moment came early in the 7th minute when RS Berkane was awarded a penalty after VAR confirmed Hossam Abdelmajid’s foul inside the penalty area. Issoufou Dayo converted the penalty, giving Berkane the early lead.

Despite efforts, Zamalek struggled to break through Berkane's robust defense. Berkane extended their lead in the 32nd minute with a header from Adel Taha, capitalizing on their momentum. Zamalek had a close chance to score towards the end of the first half when Samyoun's attempt from an Ahmed Fatouh cross was superbly saved by Berkane’s goalkeeper.

In the second half, Zamalek intensified their offense. Seifeddine Jaziri managed to pull one back with a header from a Zizo cross in the 43rd minute, reviving Zamalek’s hopes. The Egyptian team maintained pressure, trying to level the score, while Berkane shifted to a defensive strategy to protect their lead.

As the match progressed past the 60th minute, Berkane sought to consolidate their position with several counter-attacks, posing threats to Zamalek’s goal. However, Zamalek regained control, dictating the pace and forcing Berkane to retreat into a defensive setup.

The upcoming return leg in Cairo is poised to be a tense and thrilling encounter. Zamalek aims to overturn the deficit and secure the Confederation Cup title, while RS Berkane will look to defend their advantage and clinch the victory. Fans can anticipate a match filled with strategic play and high stakes as both teams vie for this prestigious African club trophy.