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Ahly’s Champions League hopes dwindle after draw with Wydad


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Al Ahly remain without a win in the CAF Champions League group stage after drawing with Wydad Casablanca at Borg El-Arab Stadium on Saturday.

The record eight-time CAF Champions League winners were in dire need of a win to ignite their chances of advancing to the next round, after losing their first two games in Group A against ZESCO United and ASEC Mimosas.

Al Ahly XI: Ahmed Adel; Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabry Rahil; Hossam Ashour, Hossam Ghaly (Saleh Gomaa); Momen Zakaria (Emad Meteb), Walid Soliman, Amr Gamal, John Antwi (Amr El-Sulaya).

Wydad XI: Zouheir Laaroubi, Yassine El Kordy, Amine Attouchi, Youssef Rabeh, Abdelatif Noussir; Brahim Nakkech, Salaheddine Saidi; Ismail Haddad (Jamel Aït Ben Idir), Walid El Karti, Reda Hajhouj (Mohamed Ounajem); Fabrice Ondama (Ibrahima Keita).

Walid Soliman wasted an early chance to give Al Ahly the lead as the Egyptian international smashed the ball from inside the box, sending it over the bar after only seven minutes.

Al Ahly continued to dominate the possession, launching a couple of attacks but failed to convert them into the goal.

Three minutes to the half-hour mark, the guests had a dangerous chance after Elhaddad sent his shot inches away from Ahmed Adel’s far post.

Four minutes later, Amr El-Sulaya, who scored in the team’s previous match in Egypt Cup, came on to replace the injured John Antwi after he was unable to resume the match, as he seemed to have picked up a muscular injury.

Twelve minutes into the second half, Al Ahly had a goal waved off for offside. Hegazy exploited chaos in the Wydad penalty box and passed the ball into the six-yard box before Momen Zakaria tapped it into the net, but the referee cancelled it.

Eighteen minutes to full time, Wydad had another dangerous chance, as Ondama sent a cross in, but the Ahly defense cleared for a Wydad corner.

Al Ahly veteran striker Emad Meteb came on for Mo’men Zakaria in the 78th minute to join Amr Gamal up top in an attempt to boost Al Ahly offense.

Minutes after coming on, Meteb hit the side netting as he fired a shot from a near impossible angle.

Saleh Gomaa missed a chance to score the winner in the 83rd minute after he sent his one-time effort from the edge of the box yards over the goal.

Gomaa, Meteb and Soliman tried in vain to break the deadlock as the referee blew the final whistle.

Al Ahly are currently at the bottom of Group A with one point out of three games, while the Moroccans enjoy the top spot on seven points.

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