Out of the Blue: Smouha overturn odds to defeat Al-Ahli Tripoli
Smouha progressed to the round of 32 of the CAF Champions League by overcoming Al-Ahli Tripoli on penalties at the Alexandria Stadium.
Salah Amin scored the only goal of the game to take the aggregate score to 1-1, before the Blues won 5-3 on penalties.
After a relatively dull first half, the Blues were awarded a penalty early in the second period when Egyptian international Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek was brought down inside the box.
Salah Amin stepped up and cooly made it 1-0, thus tying the aggregate result.
Abdel-Khalek was once again at the centre of danger, this time his barging run inside the box was cut short by the brittle Al-Ahli defence.
Smouha came agonsingly close near the end when Salah Amin’s header was cleared off the line by Sanad after the former’s attempt beat Mohamed Nashoush.
The Alexandrians thought they had ben awarded a penalty late on in the second half when the referee pointed to the spot following El-Mahdi El-Masry’s challenge on Mostafa Talaat, but the linesman interfered in the nick of time and the decision was cancelled.
Two minutes from time, Mostafa Talaat once again caused the Libyans trouble when his header was kept out by goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnoush, with some players claiming that the ball crossed the line.
With full time ending 1-0 (1-1 agg) the game headed straight to penalties. El-Sayed Farid, Ahmed Nabil ‘Manga’, Ahmed Said ‘Okka’, Amr Menoufy, and Salah Amin all scored for the 2013/2014 Egyptian Premier League runners-up, whilst Sanad missed for Alzaeem.
Salah Amin and Smouha president Farag Amer dedicate win to late vice-president Ismail Fayed who passed away mid-Feb. pic.twitter.com/gL9Jao1gdK
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) February 28, 2015
Smouha will go on to face Nigerian giants Enyimba in the round of 32, with the prospect of facing 2012 CAF Confederation Cup champions AC Leopards in the round of 16.
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