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VIDEO: Treika strike gives Ahly first leg advantage at Coton Sport
Abou-Treika was able to give Al-Ahly the advantage in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final against Coton Sport in Garoua after scoring the equalizer in the first half’s injury time.
Al-Ahly started the match today after playing 65 minutes yesterday – in a match that was eventually postponed due to terrible weather conditions (as mentioned our previous report).
There was only one change in today’s starting XI from the team fielded yesterday as Wael Gomaa was not included due to exhaustion, with Sherif Abdel-Fadil replacing him.
Al-Ahly’s Starting XI:
Sherif Ekramy – Mohamed Naguib – Sherif Abdel-Fadil – Ahmed Fathi – Said Moawad – Hossam Ashour – Shehab ElDin Ahmed – Walid Soliman – Abdullah El-Said – Mohamed Abou-Treika- Ahmed Abdel-Zaher.
Coton Sport started the match well, with improvements evident on their flanks (we mentioned in the report yesterday that they were noticeably poor on the right side, postponing the match gave them the chance to strengthen). Exhaustion seemed to have caught up with Al-Ahly players, as they were not as physically fit as yesterday. Understandable giving the conditions of the match.
The turning point of the match was at the 33rd minute when Emmanuel Mbongo scored for Coton. He managed to pass from Sherif Abdel-Fadil and then struck the ball strongly to hit the back of the net.
Al-Ahly woke up afterwards, Abdallah El-Said was behind the Cairo giants’ first dangerous chance. Said Moawad crossed the ball towards El-Said whose header hit the post. Still, Coton were more dangerous on Al-Ahly’s goal.
It was when everyone thought that the first half was over when Abou-Treika equalized for Al Ahly, scoring his 30th Champions League goal. Walid Soliman had the assist where he passed the ball to Treika who controlled it with his head then shot it to hit the back of the net.
— AhlyEgypt Info (@AlAhlyInfo) October 6, 2013
The second half started with the sun shining brighter, which was a good thing because many were worried that the weather would turn out like yesterday.
Coton Sport players had the ball more, and attacked more. Nevertheless, Al-Ahly’s defense was there to stop most of their attacks. Sherif Abdel-Fadil and Mohamed Naguib were two of the best players on the pitch today.
Mohamed Youssef chose to rest the crucial players. Mahmoud Trezeguet was subbed in for Abou-Treika, El-Sayed Hamdy came on for Ahmed Abdel-Zaher and Shedid Kenawy for Walid Soliman. Defensive choices to secure the result for Al-Ahly.
Mohamed Youssef was expelled in the 66th minute after objecting to one of the referee’s decision.
7 minutes were added as an extra time. Then came Al-Ahly’s most dangerous chance in the second half when Trezeguet crossed the ball while running for El-Sayed Hamdy to send the ball flying over the post.
Chaos the Ahly box between Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Ekramy and a Coton player could have costed the visitors the match but the ball hit the Coton player and went out for a goal-kick.
A good result for Al-Ahly, especially after playing 65 minutes just the day before. The African champions have the advantage ahead of the second leg in El-Gouna, which maybe played on the 20th (unless it’s postponed until the 22nd of October) at 2:30 PM.