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Despite coming back to defeat Ittihad of Alexandria 2-3 away from home, Wadi Degla have just missed out on any chance of qualifying for the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.
Wadi Degla came into the encounter needing a victory over an Ittihad of Alexandria side fresh off of an impressive 1-1 draw against champions Al Ahly, as well as a Smouha draw or loss against lowly Tala’a El-Gaish.
Things were far from rosy for the Cairo-based club when Ittihad were awarded a 40th-minute penalty; Mohamed Abdel-Fadil sent Degla goalkeeper Khaled Waleed the wrong way to put his side in the lead.
Nevertheless, Patrice Carteron’s men were back on level terms on the brink of halftime, although there was a hint of handball about Stanley Ohawuchi’s equaliser.
Mahmoud Alaa scored just after the hour mark from a header, to put his side in the lead for the first time in the match, but Hermann Kouao made it 2-2 three minutes later.
Hossam Arafat scored with just over ten minutes left to seal the win, as the attention shifted to Smouha’s match against Tala’a El-Gaish.
A fourth-placed finish was not to be for Wadi Degla, however, as Smouha held on for a 1-0 win to clinch third place and automatic qualification ahead of Al Masry, who could only draw with bottom team Ghazl El-Mahalla.