VIDEO: Hegazy’s goal gives Al Ahly a narrow advantage against Bidvest
Al Ahly kicked off their CAF Champions League campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory over South Africa’s Bidvest Wits at El-Salam Stadium in the first leg of Round of 32.
Al Ahly XI: Ekramy; Hany, Saad, Hegazy, Maaloul; Fathi, Ghaly; Ajayi, Abdallah, Momen; Amr Gamal
Bidvest XI: Josephs, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Mlambo, Monare, Scott, Klate, Mhango, Mahlambi
The first 20 minutes of the game were uneventful. Al Ahly were possessing the ball without any threat on Bidvest’s goal who managed to keep Al Ahly away from their penalty area.
In the 21st minute, Ali Maaloul played a low cross to Momen Zakaria who found the net but his goal was ruled out for offside.
At the half-hour mark, Abdallah El-Said had the chance to break the deadlock but he failed to convert with Momen Zakarias cross to find Bidvest’s keeper hands easily.
Al Ahly continued their negative control over the game for the rest of the half, as both teams headed to the dressing rooms with a goalless draw.
El Badry decided to make his first change of the game before the start of the second half;, as Ahmed Hamoudi made his debut in African competitions with the Red Devils, replacing Momen Zakaria.
Two minutes into the first half, Amr Gamal received a ball from Abdallah El-Said, but his strike hit the bar.
After 57 minutes, Hegazy put Al Ahly into the lead, Ghaly headed Hamoudi’s corner into the 6-yard area, before it was finished up by Hegazy’s header into the net.
Three minutes later, Al Ahly were on the verge of doubling their lead through Junior Ajayi, who dribbled past a defender before striking above the bar.
El Badry was forced to make two successive changes following Ajayi’s and Ghaly’s thigh injuries, with Walid Soliman replacing Ajayi and Hossam Ashour replacing Al Ahly’s skipper.
In the 67th minute, Ali Maloul played a perfect cross towards Walid Soliman whose shot was saved by Bidvest’s goalkeeper, before it reached Hamoudi but his effort again was cleared again by the keeper.
In the dying moments of the game, Amr Gamal had a chance to give Al Ahly a comfortable lead before the trip to South Africa, but his shot went wide, before the final whistle came with Al Ahly’s narrow advantage.
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