Al Masry defeats USM Alger in the first round of the CAF Confederations Cup quarterfinal
Al Masry qualified to the quarterfinals after their success in advancing through the group stages in the second place along with RSB Berkane of Morocco where they collected 12 points. In addition to the Moroccan club, The Portsaid based side were competing against UD Songo of Mozambique and Sudan’s Al Hilal.
The first half started with both teams playing very cautiously to not concede an early goal. Al Masry maintained possession, trying to break through the Algerian defense but without any clear chances.
The second half started similarly, with Al Masry posing greater threat through the crosses of Islam Eissa. However, the goal of the match finally came through in the 54th minute through Palestinian striker, Mahmoud Wadi, who back-heeled the ball into USM Alger’s net, to give the lead to the Green Eagles.
The goal led USM Alger’s French manager Paul Put, to push his team to attack more, while Al Masry retreated back and played on the counter.
The Reds and Blacks were very close to equalize in the 72nd min after a left side cross that was failed to be cleared by Al Masry’s defense and goalkeeper, reaching Congolese striker, Prince Ibara, who strangely placed the ball wide of the empty net.
In the 81st, Al Masry’s winger Islam Eissa broke through behind USM Alger’s defense, receiving the ball to a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and crossing to Ahmed Gomaa, who tapped the ball into the net; however, the Senegalese assistant referee called an offside on Eissa and cancelled the goal.
The second leg of the quarterfinal is set to take place at the Omar Hamadi Stadium in the capital, Algeris, on Sunday, Sept 23rd at 21:00 CLT.
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