Mohamed Salah came in as a second half substitute but could not help...
- Salah’s Roma share spoils with Austria Vienna in Europa league
- Kahraba features in disappointing loss to Al Shabab
- Defiant Al Masry come back to end Smouha’s winning start
- Mamelodi Sundowns files a complaint against Zamalek
- Zamalek legend Hazem Emam says winning African title ‘not impossible’
- Egypt’s assistant coach says Pharaohs won’t rely on history
- Sada Cruzeiro beat El-Gaish in Volleyball Club World Championship
- Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane believes it’s not over yet
- Mohamed Zidan satisfied with 2017 AFCON Draw
- Osama Nabih: Ghana’s match is the most important in history of Egyptian football
VIDEO: USM Alger escape Omdurman with win to close in on Champions League final
Al Hilal were up and running from the go and took the lead after just two minutes courtesy of, talisman, El Taher; he raced home to score past an on-rushing Zemmamouche. They continued with the momentum and were denied a second by Zemmamouche just moments later. The miss came to bite them back on 13 minutes when, former Zamalek striker, Armine Aoudia pounced on a Ferhat freekick to head home the equalizer.
The home team continued dominating but did not add onto their lead going into the break. Mohamed Bashir missed their closest effort by failing to convert infront of goal in the 34th minute.
Hilal maintained the pressure in the second half and were rewarded with a penalty an hour into the game after Aoudia had been involved in shirt pulling. Brazilian, Anderzinho failed to make it count though and his effort was saved by the impressive Zemmamouche. The cruelty of football was on show soon after as expressed by this tweet;
USM Alger responded by going ahead through, substitute, Baiteche. He slotted home a counterattacking move after great work by Ferhat. The home team mounted increased pressure after this but the Algerian goalkeeper ensured an away win that could prove decisive.
The second leg is in seven days time and the Algerians will be confident having put one foot into the final.