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In a replay of the 2005 and 2007 CAF Champions League final, Al Ahly played out a 0-0 stalemate against the Tunisian giants at the Cairo International Stadium, thus booking themselves a place in the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Etoile had a penalty shout in the opening minutes when danger man Alkhali Bangoura darted towards goal before falling to the ground, however referee Coulibaly waved play on.
Al Ahly had a chance to score when the ball fell to Emad Meteb, however the striker couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball.
Diables Rouges had another penalty shout minutes later, this time Baghdad Bounedjah went through on goal before being brought down Saad Samir, Coulibaly though also waved for play to continue.
Mohamed Naguib should’ve put The Red Devils minutes later but his attempted header went well wide of the post.
The Tunisians started to cause Al Ahly real threat midway through the second half, Mohamed Said’s stinging half-volley went over the bar; much to the relief of Juan Carlos Garrido.
Four minutes later and Etoile were at it again, this time Sherif Ekramy pulled off a magnificent save to deny Kadour Beldjiilali.
However, matters went from bad to worse for the Tunisians when Franck Kom received his marching orders for violent conduct on striker Amr Gamal.
Ahly controlled the ball much better after the sending off and had a great chance to kill the match in the 92nd minute when Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ burst through the right flank and played the ball to Amr Gamal, but Etoile goalkeeper Balbouli came out in the nick of time.
With this result, Al Ahly finish top of the group with nine points whilst Etoile du Sahel fail to qualify to the semi-finals.