Achraf Bencharki struck a second-half
brace to inspire Zamalek to a 3-1 win over Esperance and lift the
2020 Caf Super Cup final at Thani Bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar on
Moroccan forward Bencharki scored on
58 minutes and then deep into stoppage time to add on to Youssef Obama’s early
goal and seal victory for Zamalek to win their first Super Cup title in 17
years and an overall fourth.
Esperance had tried to hit back through
Algerian midfielder Abdelraouf Benguit, who made no mistake from the penalty
spot nine minutes into the second half, to cancel out Obama’s goal.
But Bencharki then found the target
four minutes later, before completing his double right at the death to put the
match beyond Esperance’s reach.
It was heartbreak for Moune Chaabani’s
Caf Champions League-winning Esperance, who lost their second successive
Super Cup final after also falling to Raja Casablanca last
Interestingly, it was Zamalek coach
Patrice Carteron’s second consecutive Super Cup after guiding Raja to the same
title last season, fascinatingly against Esperance.
In the process, the Frenchman made
history by becoming the first-ever manager to lift the Caf Super Cup in two
straight years with two different clubs.
Zamalek showed intent as early as the second
minute when both teams were still trying to settle down in the contest, as
Obama turned into the back of the net with his head a cross off defender
Mohamed Abdul Shafy’s boot.
For the next 43 minutes, both teams
failed to breach each other’s defense but it was Zamalek who dominated
possession against an Esperance side which never seemed urgent to successfully
For all control of possession, the
White Knights were let down by a number of shots off-target as they
struggled to double their advantage.
But Esperance turned the tide after
the break, controlling play and resulting in Benguit’s equalizer.
However, as the Tunisians appeared to
have clawed their way back into the match, Bencharki restored Zamalek’s lead
four minutes later.
It was Esperance who kept on probing
and looking more dangerous, looking to again get back into the contest, but
they struggled for a breakthrough.
Bencharki then killed the match as a contest five minutes into stoppage time as Zamalek denied their opponents a second Caf Super Cup title.