VIDEO: Soliman, Mohareb earn Al Ahly dominant victory over ES Setif
Al Ahly have taken a step in securing a spot in the CAF Champions League final after a 2-0 home victory against ES Setif in the first-leg at El-Salam Stadium.
The Reds had a very promising start to the game, dominating ES Setif’s half as they tried to have an early lead to make things easier for them in the second leg on the 23rd of October.
The first chance of the game came just after four minutes through Ahmed Hamoudi who linked well with Walid Soliman before his left-footed strike hit the bar.
In the 20th minute, Walid Azaro met Hamoudi’s brilliant cross with a perfect header into ES Setif’s net, but his goal was ruled out for offside.
However, Al Ahly goal came three minutes later as Walid Soliman put his side in front after another brilliant cross from Hamoudi, which the 33-year old headed home.
Three minutes before the half-time whistle, Islam Mohareb doubled Al Ahly’s lead with a right footed shot inside the penalty box which ES Setif goalkeeper failed to deal with to find its way into the net.
ES Setif started the second half in a much better way than the first, as they pressed Al Ahly more into their own area trying to find a way to pull one back.
In the 52nd minute, ES Setif had their first real threat through Djahnit who dribbled past Hesham Mohamed and made his way into Al Ahly’s penalty area before his shot was saved by El-Shennawy.
Two minutes later, Walid Soliman responded as he made his way into ES Setif box after linking well with Islam Mohareb, but his low cross couldn’t find Walid Azaro.
ES Setif had an opportunity to score a valuable away goal in the 64th minute after Hamid Bouguelmane met a cross from the left side with a half-volley, but it went wide.
However, in the last ten minutes of the game, Al Ahly were completely in control as they missed many huge opportunities that were enough to secure the qualification before the away-leg.
In the 84th minute, Azaro met Soliman’s cross with a brilliant header, but it hit the post, before the Moroccan striker missed a huge opportunity after he went one-on-one with the keeper, before sending the ball wide.
Four minutes later, Walid Azaro scored another goal for the Red Devils after tapping in Momen Zakria pass into the net, but it was incorrectly ruled out for offside.
The Red Devils will now need at least a draw or a 1-0 loss in the return-leg on October 23, to secure their 12th CAF Champions League final.
They will first face Ittihad of Alexandria and El-Dakhelya in the Egyptian Premier League on October 7 and 15 respectively.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) October 2, 2018
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