VIDEO: Al Ahly dealt ignominious exit against Moghreb Tetouan
Al Ahly were knocked out of the CAF Champions League against Moroccan champions Moghreb Tetouan in the Round of 16, losing 4-3 on penalties.
The Red Devils lost the first leg in Tetouan by a score of 1-0, and got the goal which made the tie equal via Abdullah El-Said in the first half, however two missed penalties resulted in their exit from the competition.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Saad Samir, Sherif Hazem, Walid Soliman (Emad Meteb); Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed Rizk (Ramadan Sobhy); Abdullah El-Said, Momen Zakaria; Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’).
Moghreb Tetouan XI: Mohamed ElYousfi; Anass Lambrabat, Mohamed Abarhoun, Fall Mourtada, Youssef Bouchta, Salman Ould Lhaj, Abdeladim Khadrouf, Nassir El Mimouni, Ahmed Jahouh, Abdelmoula El Hardoumi, Mouhssine Iajour.
The Reds started the game off brightly; Ahmed Abdel-Zaher put in a cross for Momen Zakaria but the latter’s header caused MAT no danger.
Zakaria was once again involved in his side’s offensive endeavours, only this time he laid the ball off to Abduallah El-Said whose shot was handled by Mohamed ElYousfi.
Mouhssine Iajour could’ve put the tie out of sight, however Sherif Ekramy came for the ball in the nick of time, scoreboard remained 0-0.
Mohamed Rizk was next to knock on ElYousfi’s door when he skipped past the Tetouan defence before firing into the side netting.
The Red Castle broke the deadlock with only three minutes remaining until the end of the half; El-Said latching onto Bassem Ali’s cross before putting it past ElYousfi.
Rizk tried his luck from distance early on in the second half, but his attempt went wide of the post.
MAT started upping their game after a relatively slow start and could’ve had an equaliser when Iajour cut in from the left before unleashing a stinging strike that went wide of the far post.
The Moroccan champions had their most dangerous chance of the game only minutes later – Fall Mourtada’s header forcing Ekramy to tip the ball over the bar.
El-Said had the chance to win the tie for the Reds late on, but his free-kick went well over the bar.
With the tie ending 1-1 on aggregate, both sides headed to penalties where MAT emerged victorious. Iajour, Cristian, Rafik Abdessamad, and Nassir El Mimouni all scored for the visitors.
On the other hand, Momen Zakaria, Abdullah El-Said, and Ramadan Sobhy scored for the Reds, whilst both Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ and Hossam Ghaly missed their respective spot-kicks, thus placing the Reds in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Abdullah El-Said’s goal
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