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VIDEO: Al-Hilal down Smouha 2-0 in a one-sided game
Al-Hilal secured themselves an easy 2-0 home win over Egyptian side Smouha in the CAF Champions League to become top of Group A with four points.
Smouha started the first half with the same formation they used against Moghreb Tetouan on the 28th of June in the first game of the CAF Champions League group stage. Unlike the previous African match, Hermann Kouao started the game alongside Hany El-Egeizy as Smouha’s strikers, after the Ivorian scored a brace in 15 minutes following his substitution against the Moroccan giants.
Smouha XI: El-Mahdi Soliman; Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’, Fady Nagah (45′ Amr El-Menoufy), Kwaku Manso, Ayman Ashraf, Yasser Ibrahim, Ouattara ; Mostafa Talaat (80′ Maged Onosh), Ahmed Shokry; Hermann Kouao, Hany El-Egeizy (53′ Salah Amin).
Al-Hilal Club XI: Maxime Nguegang; Saif Idris, Faisal Hussein, Atir Magor; Souleymane Cisse, Walid Hassan, Mohamed Bashir, Nasr El-Din Ahmed, Ather Mohamed; Jhulliam Pires, Mudather Ibrahim
Al-Hilal forced their control over the first half attempting to score an early goal with the Sudanese attempts being led by Careca and Nazar Hamid. The Alexandrian-based club performed well and did their best to avoid conceding goals against the Sudanese giants while trying to use their counter attacks wisely.
In the 20th minute, Al-Hilal defense managed to divert a cross sent from Ayman Ashraf into the Hilal box preventing it from causing threat to their post. Six minutes later, Careca sent a strong shot towards Smouha’s post, however, it was handled by the Alexandrian club goalkeeper El-Mahdi Soliman.
Soliman continued to defend his post as he saved a shot from the 18-yards box in the 45th minute, leading the first half to end goalless.
Amr El Menoufy came in for Fady Nagah to improve the attacking side of the Egyptians. Seven minutes into the second half, Nasr El-Din Ahmed scored the opening goal for the home team to give the Sudanese side the lead.
Al-Hilal started to use the counter attack balls wisely willing to score the second but El-Mahdi Soliman secured Smouha’s net. Al-Hilal were close to doubling their lead through a curled strike from Hamid, however, it went inches wide of the far post.
In the 80th minute, Mostafa Talaat went off for Maged Onosh. Two minutes later, Nazar Hamid managed to secure Al-Hilal a second goal with a fantastic shot that put Smouha 2-0 behind. Hamid was close to scoring his second goal in the 83rd minute as he went one-on-one with Smouha’s keeper, however, Soliman was able to save his net from a third goal. The game then started to calm down until the final whistle.
Smouha are now second in Group A with three points. The Alexandrians next face Mazembe, who drew against Al-Hilal in the first round.
KingFut’s Man of the Match: Nazar Hamid.