Zamalek SC 1-1 Pyramids FC | Highlights | Egyptian League

Zamalek SC 1-1 Pyramids FC | Highlights | Egyptian League

Achraf Bencharki penalty kick goal in stoppage time helped leaders Zamalek snatch a 1-1 draw with Pyramids FC in the Egyptian Premier League clash on Sunday.

While Pyramids utterly dominated the first half and looked to be cruising when veteran playmaker Abdallah El-Said put them ahead six minutes before the interval, Zamalek came on with all guns blazing in the second, laying siege to their opponents’ goal.

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The White Knights spurned a slew of goal-scoring chances, including a glaring one when winger Ahmed Zizo missed an open net before they were awarded a debatable penalty three minutes into the injury time.

Defender Ahmed Mansour made a sliding tackle to clear a floated cross but the ball rebounded off the arm of his defensive partner Ahmed Sami, with referee Gehad Greisha pointing to the spot after checking a video replay.

The decision seemed somewhat harsh, given that Sami was in close proximity and barely had time to pull his hand away from the ball’s direction.

To add to the drama, Bencharki sent keeper Sherif Ekramy the wrong way but Greisha ordered the penalty to be re-taken due to the encroachment of almost a dozen players.

The Moroccan winger, who took his tally to nine league goals to move the joint top scorer of the competition, made no mistake on the second attempt with a powerful spot-kick as Zamalek secured a share of the spoils.

Pyramids, who also drew with Zamalek 1-1 in the reverse league fixture, will rue losing grip on the match in the second half as a win would have revived their hopes to challenge Zamalek and Ahly for the coveted title.

They remain third in the table with 31 points, six behind second-placed Ahly and 10 adrift of leaders Zamalek. Ahly have a chance to pull five points clear on top if they win their three matches in hand.

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