Saturday, 24 October 2020

Al Ahly beat Wydad Casablanca in CAF Champions League semifinal second leg match


Al Ahly secured a 3-1 win over Wydad Casablanca in the 2019-20 Caf Champions League semifinal second leg match at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday night.

The victory saw the Red Devils progress to the final where they will face either their Egyptian rivals Zamalek or Morocco's Raja Casablanca next month.

Moroccan giants Wydad crashed out of the tournament after losing 5-1 on aggregate against coach Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly. 

The Red Devils got off to the perfect start as they broke the deadlock through Marwan Mohsen just five minutes into the encounter.

Amr Al Sulaya played a delightful through pass for Mohsen, who made no mistake as he beat Wydad goalkeeper Ahmed Tagnaouti to make it 1-0 to Al Ahly.

The Emperors were at that stage trailing 3-0 on aggregate and they had to dig deep in order to overturn the three-goal deficit on the night.

Al Ahly did not sit back after taking the lead as they continued to launch attacks with Junior Ajayi forcing Tagnaouti into a great save in the 14th minute.

However, the 24-year-old shot-stopper was beaten in the 26th minute by Hussein El Shahat, who scored a brilliant solo goal to make it 2-0 to Al Ahly on the night.

Tagnaouti then pulled off a great save to deny Mohamed Magdi Kafsha in the 34th minute to ensure that the first half ended with a dominant Al Ahly side leading 2-0. 

The Emperors pushed for their first goal of the tie after the restart, with DR Congo marksman Kazadi Kasengu working hard upfront.

However, the Red Devils looked dangerous every time they pushed forward and they managed to extend their lead a minute before the hour-mark.

This time it was Yasser Ibrahim who put his name on the scoresheet as he headed past Tagnaouti to make it 3-0 to Al Ahly on the night.

Wydad head coach Miguel Gamondi introduced Hamza Asrir, Junior Magbi Gbagbo and Zouhair El-Moutaraji at the same time as the visitors looked to score their first goal in the tie.

The visitors managed to grab the goal they had been searching for in the 81st minute when El-Moutaraji beat Aly Lofty to make it 3-1 with a well-taken shot.

However, the goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Al Ahly stood firm at the back and they secured a 3-1 win over Wydad on the night.

Al Ahly (2) 3 (Mohsen 5', El Shahat 36', Ibrahim 59')Wydad (0) 1 (El-Moutaraji 82')

Al Ahly: M. El Shenawy (A. Lotfy 60'), M.Hany, Y. Ibrahim, A. Ashraf, A.Fathi, A. Al Sulaya, A. Dieng, M. Afsha (H. Fathi 87'), J. Ajayi (W. Soliman 75'), H. El Shahat (A. El Sheikh 75'), M. Mohsen (Kahraba 61').

Wydad: A. Tagnaouti, A. Noussir (H. Asrir 57'), N. Eddine, C. Comara, Y. Attiyat-allah, Y. Jabrane, W. El Karti, I. El Hassouni (Gbagbo 57'), B. Aouk (Z El-Moutaraji 57'), I. El Haddad, K. Kazadi (B. Gaddarine 78').

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