VIDEO: Al Ahly repeat victory over CF Mounana, advance to group stage
Al Ahly have sealed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Gabon’s CF Mounana to book their place in the CAF Champions League group stage.
After an easy 4-0 victory at Cairo International Stadium last week, the Red Devils repeated their victory against Mounana in Libreville to advance to the group stage after a 7-1 aggregate win.
Al Ahly had a very strong start to the first half as they were hoping to kill any chance for Mounana to get back into the tie. Three minutes into the first half, Al Ahly won a freekick near the edge of the penalty area, but Ahmed Fathi’s low effort was denied by Mounana’s goalkeeper.
Six minutes later, Mido Gaber broke the deadlock. After an exchange of passes in Mounana’s half, Gaber controlled the ball outside the penalty box, before sending a low cross into the bottom corner of the net.
Around the half-hour mark, Moroccan striker Walid Azaro doubled Al Ahly’s lead. He controlled Ali Maaloul’s pass inside the 18-yard box, before sending the ball into the net.
In the 37th minute, Amr El-Sulaya missed a golden opportunity to extend Al Ahly’s lead. After a solo effort from Mohamed Hany on the right side, he sent a low pass to El-Sulaya who failed to tap into the empty net, sending the ball over.
Three minutes away from the half-time whistle, Mounana were awarded a freekick near the edge of the penalty box after a foul from Saad Samir. David M’samba sent a low strike that escaped Mohamed El-Shennawy’s hands and found the net, pulling one back for the hosts.
Mounana dominated the second half as they’re looking for an equaliser but they failed to threaten El-Shennawy in the first 15 minutes.
In the 60th minute, Al Ahly’s substitute Islam Moharb started a quick counter attack before finding Fathi on the right side, but the latter’s low cross was cleared by Mounana’s defense before reaching Moharb.
Fifteen minutes away from time, the hosts had a huge chance to reduce the deficit but their long-range effort was cleared by El-Shennawy who forced another huge save to deny the rebound.
Eight minutes away from the final whistle, Walid Soliman restored the two-goal lead for the Red Devils. The 33-year-old exploited a defensive mistake from Mounana before dribbling past the goalkeeper and adding Al Ahly’s third goal.
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