Carteron disappointed with team performance against Al Wasl
The Red Devils found themselves leading by the end of the first half at Borg El-Arab stadium last through Ahmed Fathi’s cross from a freekick that went directly into the net.
A few minutes before the goal, Egypt international keeper Mohamed El-Shennawy was taken off injured and replaced by Sherif Ekramy.
All the action came late in the second half as team captain Caio Canedo struck the equaliser for Al Wasl before Vinicius Lima’s finesse shot from the edge of the box found the net.
Marwan Mohsen left it for late as he found the net in injury-time after a defensive error from Al Wasl to keep Al Ahly in the tie.
Head coach Carteron was not pleased with what he saw from his team, saying: “We did not have a big match. We score first but we missed a lot of chances. Al Wasl scored two goals but it is good that we managed to equalise.
“We are not pleased at all with the result, there is a match left in UAE and I hope we can win the tie in order to remain in the competition. The players are focused on the CAF Champions League final, the idea of benching the starting players is not the ideal situation for this tie.”
Regarding El-Shennawy, Carteron made sure to clarify his decision to play his starting keeper ahead of the final.
“I started El-Shennawy so that he keeps up with the rhythm of matches before facing Esperance. I won the Champions League before and I know a lot about it,” he concluded.
Al Ahly host Esperance in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final at Borg El-Arab stadium on the second of Novermber before traveling to Tunisia to play the reverse fixture on the 9th.
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