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VIDEO: Al Ahly reach last 16 after defeating Recreativo
Al Ahly qualified to the round of 16 of the 2016 CAF Champions League, after defeating Angolan Recreativo do Libolo 2-0 on Saturday.
Both teams went into the second-leg motivated to clinch a win, after their 0-0 draw in the first-leg of the round of 32 in Angola last week. However, goals from Ramadan Sobhy and John Antwi helped Al Ahly qualify to the next round.
Al Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel-Abdel Moneim; Mohamed Hany, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Hegazy, Sabry Rahil; Ahmed Fathi, Hossam Ghaly, Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria, Ramadan Sobhy; Malick Evouna.
Recreativo started the game well as they sent the first warning through a shot from Mamadou Diawara, but it went wide. Al Ahly right-back Ahmed Fathi replied instantly, but his shot was of no danger on the Angolan side.
In the 5th minute, Mo’men Zakaria sent a cross that was too strong for Abdallah El-Said to latch onto; the Recreativo keeper handled the ball.
In the 10th minute, Ramadan Sobhy opened the scoring after a great individual effort; he managed beat three defenders before slotting past the goalkeeper.
Fourteen minutes later, Sobhy continued to threaten the Angolan side and led another attack that culminated in Evouna sending his header just wide.
In the final 10 minutes of the first half, Recreativo were the more dangerous side as they had two chances but Al Ahly keeper Ahmed Adel-Abdel Moneim was up to the task.
The second half was more lively as both sides continued to miss chances. In the 48th minute, Abdallah El-Said missed a chance to double Al Ahly’s lead, as he went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the keeper was victorious in this face-off.
Evouna continued to miss; Mohamed Hany sent a great cross for Evouna in the 55th minute, but the Recreativo defence cleared just before Evouna latched on to the ball.
Two minutes later, Rami Rabia almost doubled Al Ahly’s lead, but the goal was disallowed as the referee waved offside.
Just seconds after coming on to replace Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman made instant impact. He sent Evouna one-on-one with the goalkeeper but once more Recreativo’s hopes were saved by their keeper, as he took the ball off the helpless Evouna.
After missing several scoring chances, Jol decided to replace Evouna with John Antwi in the 80th minute.
Only one minute after coming on, Antwi scored Al Ahly’s second of the night. Golden boy Ramadan Sobhy sent a back-heel flick for Walid Soliman, who squared the ball for Antwi, for the Ghanaian striker to tap the ball in.
In the dying minutes of the game, Momen Zakaria went through on goal but missed his chance to score a third goal for Al Ahly.
Ahmed El-Sheikh came on to replace Ramadan Sobhy, who fully deserved the man of the match award, only to feature for a couple of minutes.
Al Ahly are now through to the last 16 of the CAF Champions League, where they will face a familiar face, Young Africans of Tanzania.
Egyptian giants Zamalek are the second team representing Egypt in the African championship. They are facing Union Douala, which they defeated in the first-leg in Cameroon.