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LIVE: Al Ahly vs Wydad Casablanca – CAF Champions League
Al Ahly enter tonight’s game with zero points from the previous two games, after losing to Zesco United and ASEC Mimosas. On the other hand, Wydad have gained maximum points from the previous two games after beating ASEC and Zesco.
Martin Jol has decided to give select Sherif Ekramy after dropping him in the previous games following a string of bad performances.
Al Ahly will have be looking to win all three points tonight in order to get back in contention. However, they will have to do without the services of KingFut’s Player of the Season Abdallah El-Said due to his injury, Malick Evouna due to his move to Chinese side Tianjin Teda, and Ramadan Sobhi due to his imminent move to Stoke City.
Al Ahly XI:
Ahmed Adel; Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabry Rahil; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly; Momen Zakaria, Walid Soliman, Amr Gamal, John Antwi.
Wydad XI: Laaroubi; El Kordy, Atouchi, Rabeh, Noussir; Nakkech, Saidi; Elhaddad, El Karti, Hajhouj; Ondama.
Full Time: Al Ahly 0-0 Wydad Casablanca. Al Ahly’s chances of progressing are all but over.
90′: Amr Gamal sends his shot high and wide. Seconds left for a winner.
The fans are in full voice once again, pushing the Reds to get a winner.
83′: Another glorious chance for Ahly, but Saleh Gomaa sends his one-time effort from the edge of the box yards over the goal.
81′: Close for Ahly! Gamal tries to do it all again, but he is dispossessed in the box. Meteb picks up the ball and fires a shot from a near impossible angle, and it hits the side netting.
78′: The third substitution for Al Ahly, as Emad Metab replaces Momen Zakaria, takes the captain band, and joins Amr Gamal up top. Still deadlocked in Alexandria.
76′: Rami Rabia forces another Wydad Casablanca corner…
72′: Dangerous chance for Wydad again, as Ondama sends a cross in, but the Ahly defense clear for another Wydad corner. It is dealt with well by the Egyptians.
70′: Good save from Laaroubi to deny Amr El-Sulaya.
68′: Saleh Gomaa comes in for Hossam Ghaly, and in his first play loses the ball in the midfield. Ondama’s shot then hits the post. Huge let-off for the Egyptians.
67′: Chance for Al Ahly, but Amr Gamal tries to do it all, and his shot from the edge of the box is blocked by Wydad defenders.
65′: Wydad come close. Ondama and Elhadaad work a one-two but Ahmed Adel does enough to thwart the one-on-one and force a corner.
57′: Al Ahly have a goal waved off! A cross from Walid Soliman from a free kick is dropped by Laaroubi. Ahmed Hegazy passes the ball into the six yard box, and Momen Zakaria taps it into the net, but he’s called offsides…
55′: Two dangerous chances for Al Ahly, and Amr Gamal has a penalty shout waved off by the referee. The Reds are really pushing for the opener.
52′: Chance for Al Ahly, but Laaroubi gets to the cross before Amr Gamal. Still 0-0 in Alexandria, with the Al Ahly faithful in full voice.
46′: Second half underway, and Al Ahly immediately have a chance. Amr El-Sulaya makes a nice run but ultimately sends his shot into Laaroubi’s side netting.
HT: Al Ahly SC 0-0 Wydad Casablanca.
45′: Two minutes are to be added on.
42′: The match is mostly even now, with both teams having half chances.
35′: Still Al Ahly SC 0-0 Wydad Casablanca. The Moroccans are growing into the game.
31′: Amr El-Sulaya has come on to replace the injured John Antwi. Amr Gamal will continue as the lone striker.
27′: CLOSE for Wydad. Ahmed Fathi is cut out, and Elhaddad is sent through on goal with only Ahmed Adel to beat. He sends his shot inches away from the far post. Very dangerous chance for the Moroccans.
The Ahly fans are in full voice, cheering on the Reds.
25′: Al Ahly SC 0-0 Wydad Casablanca.
22′: Walid Soliman sends a shot in, but Laaroubi isn’t troubled, as the ball goes well side.
20′: Al Ahly in total control so far, but can they turn their dominance into goals?
18′: Ahmed Fathi blocks a Wydad cross, and the ball goes out for a corner kick, which Hegazy clears.
16′: CLOSE! A cross from the left wing falls delightfully in the box, but no Al Ahly player is able to turn it into the goal.
13′: A good cross, but Antwi isn’t able to keep his header down, and the ball sails over the goal. Still Ahly 0-0 Wydad. Al Ahly are the attacking team thus far.
12′: Walid Soliman is fouled, and Al Ahly have a free kick in a prime position for a cross to be whipped in.
10′: Ahmed Fathi sends in a cross, but it’s too long for an Al Ahly player to latch on to. Still 0-0 in Alexandria.
7′: WOW! Walid Soliman misses a sitter. The Egyptian international is left all alone at the penalty spot, but he sends his volley high over the post.
6′: Ambitious effort by Momen Zakaria doesn’t challenge the Wydad goalkeeper, as the he watches the ball trickle wide of his near post.
5′: The cross is handled easily, and Walid’s return cross was cleared, launching a counter attack for Wydad, but Al Ahly players are able to get back in time to thwart the chance.
4′: Amr Gamal earns Al Ahly a free kick on the edge of the box. Walid Soliman to take…
3′: Sabri Rahil gives the ball away, but Al Ahly handle the Wydad counter attack easily.
The fans are in loud support for the Red Devils.
KO: Al Ahly 0-0 Wydad Casablanca.
A minute of silence in the stadium for the passing of Al Ahly’s legend Tarek Selim.