Already eliminated Zamalek beat Al Nasr 2-1 | VIDEO
Egypt’s Zamalek, who had been already eliminated, began life after Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio with a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr in their final group stage game of the Arab Championship on Saturday.
Winger Hazem Emam, who returned to the club after a loan spell with Ittihad, was their liveliest performer, producing a neat attacking display and putting them ahead with an unstoppable first-timer in the first minute.
Leonardo Pereira brought Al-Nassr level with an equally impressive angled shot on 11 minutes and the Saudis were unlucky not to go ahead when they wasted a controversial penalty wrongly awarded for an alleged handball on right-back Osama Ibrahim, with television replays showing that a cross had only struck his legs.
Central defender Mahmoud Hamdi scored the winner for Zamalek on 37 minutes when he rose ahead of his marker to head home a free-kick.
Al-Nassr squandered a plenty of goal-scoring chances in the second half, with Zamalek claiming a morale-boosting win after a disappointing campaign saw them only collect one point from their opening two matches, having drawn 2-2 with Morocco’s FUS Rabat before suffering a painful 1-0 defeat by Al-Ahed.
The loss to the Lebanese side prompted the club to sack Inacio, with Tarek Yehia acting as a stop-gap coach. Zamalek are reportedly in talks with Uganda’s outgoing boss Milutin Sredojevic and Cameroon’s Hugo Broos to bring in a replacement for Inacio.
Zamalek finished third in Group B with four points, one behind leaders FUS Rabat who qualified for the semis virtue of a better goal difference than second-placed Al-Ahed.