OFFICIAL: Ismaily knocked out of CAF Champions League
The Ismailia-based side picked up only two points from their opening four games, starting with a 2-0 away loss to Congolese giants TP Mazembe, which was followed by a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Club African.
They were then disqualified from the competition following the fans’ riot in their club’s clash with the Tunisian side, however, the CAF decided to overturn their decision.
This meant they will have to face Algerian CS Constantine twice in a week in order to remain on schedule with the other teams.
The first-leg in Egypt ended in a 1-1 draw after Constantine scored a last-minute equaliser, before suffering a late 3-2 loss in Algeria, which made their chances of reaching the quarter-finals look bleak.
They needed to beat TP Mazembe by a three-goal margin at home, before winning against Club African in Tunisia. They also needed Constantine’s help, as the Algerian side had to stop the Tunisians from picking up the three points, before beating TP Mazembe away from home.
However, none of that happened in the fourth round, as Ismaily fell to a 1-1 draw against TP Mazembe while Club African beat Constantine 1-0 in Tunisia.
Meschak Elia opened the scoring to Mazembe in the fourth minute, before Abdelrahman Magdi, who was called-up by Egypt manager Javier Aguirre, equalised for the Egyptians.
Meanwhile, Bassirou Compaoré scored the winner for Club Africain against Constantine as they kept their CAF Champions League hopes alive.
Following the results, Constantine remain top of the group with 10 points, two more than second-placed Mazembe, while Club Africain sit third with seven points and Ismaily languish at the bottom with only three points.
TP Mazembe will host Constantine in the final round, while Ismaily will travel to face Club Africain in Tunisia.
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