Patrice Carteron insists tie is not over despite first-leg victory over ES Setif
Al Ahly boss Patrice Carteron says their Champions League semi-final tie with ES Sétif isn’t over despite a 2-0 victory in the first-leg in Cairo.
The Reds beat Algerian side ES Sétif 2-0 at El-Salam Stadium, thanks to Walid Soliman and Islam Mohareb’s first-half strikes.
Al Ahly will travel to Algeria to play the return-leg on October 23, with the Egyptian side needing a draw or a 1-0 loss to secure their place in the final.
“We learned about Sherif Ekramy’s suspension and that the game will be without fans, only hours before the encounter, and certainly these things did not please me,” Carteron said in his post-match press conference.
“I dedicate this victory to the Al Ahly fans everywhere, who were unable to attend the game.
“We had a lot of chances to score and the game was open from both sides, but in the second-half, we did not perform well.
“So far we have not put a foot in the final despite winning with two goals. ES Setif also wasted several chances,” he added.
The French manager has also spoken on Hossam Ashour’s substitution and Moroccan forward Walid Azaro, who missed a number of easy chances.
“Ashour was suffering from an injury in the last 15 minutes of the game and we tried to rest him,” he said.
“Walid Azaro had a good game and I didn’t want to bring him off to give him more confidence,” Carterton concluded.
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